HARRISONBURG — Most of the charges against a Harrisonburg man who witnesses say terrorized their quiet neighborhood in December by speeding, driving recklessly and sideswiping several cars have been dismissed, according to court records.
Ross H. Hosaflook, 33, was charged on Dec. 17 with two counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of brandishing a firearm, and one count each of hit-and-run and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
During a recent hearing, prosecutors dismissed all of the charges except leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
A judge found him guilty of those charges on March 28, and he was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term on each charge.
Prosecutors say there wasn’t sufficient evidence to pursue the felony charges. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Bean said that while Hosaflook failed to obey officers’ commands, he did not physically assault them.
Hosaflook’s defense attorney, Aaron Graves, declined to comment Thursday.
Neighbors told police that Hosaflook was driving a Cadillac Escalade erratically on Chestnut Drive, High Street and other nearby streets at about 6:30 p.m. the day of his arrest. Police say he sideswiped several cars in the process.
Police spotted the sport utility vehicle on the 200 block of Ohio Avenue and identified the suspect as Hosaflook. Officers found him in front of his home, where the SUV was located.
Police say he initially displayed a weapon, later determined to be a .22-caliber pellet gun.
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