Man alleged to have smashed into house during alcohol fueled rampage headed to trial


Ronald Love of Gassville, who went on an allegedly alcohol-fueled rampage in November last year, is on track for an early January trial.

The 47-year-old Love was arrested Nov. 25th last year after officers went to an address along Sagewood Court in Gassville in response to several calls reporting an out-of-control male at the address.

According to the probable cause affidavit, during the fracas, Love is alleged to have first hit a man who commented Love had paid too much for a recently purchased item, then tried to attack another man with an ax handle.

When the ax handle was wrestled away from him, he found another weapon -- his vehicle. Love rammed the vehicle into the residence several times causing extensive damage.

While trying to stop Love's aggressive behavior, one female victim reported she was struck in the arm by the side mirror of Love's vehicle. She said she felt he was trying to run over her.

Another victim was injured while standing on a wooden "handicapped" ramp leading into the house when it was struck by the vehicle and buckled. The victim told lawmen she had been hit with a board.

In attempting to flee the scene, Love is reported to have struck two vehicles multiple times. Officers first made contact with Love about a block from the residence, when his badly damaged vehicle became inoperable. As officers approached Love, they reported he put his hands behind his back in the position assumed when being handcuffed.

Love faces a string of charges, including battery, criminal mischief, terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a minor and driving while intoxicated.

The Gassville man has made several comments during his court appearances that there is support among the victims for dropping the charges, but the state has indicated it intends to try the case.

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