Deputy Ben Flint — his face still bruised — during a special Sheriff’s Board meeting in June 2018. (Courier file photo)
Deputy Ben Flint — his face still bruised — during a special Sheriff’s Board meeting in June 2018. (Courier file photo)
James E. Moffat Jr. plead guilty last week to two of the six criminal charges against him after incidents at the end of May 2018, which resulted in injuries to a civilian and to a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

Moffatt, 44, of Deputy, accepted one of two guilty plea agreements that were offered to him by the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s office.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony, and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.

As part of the plea agreement, the state dropped the charges of aggravated battery, battery, criminal recklessness and one count of domestic battery.

Moffatt was sentenced to serve a total of six years and to pay fines and fees totaling $535.50. His license will also be suspended for two years.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Flint was injured Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018, when his vehicle was struck by Moffatt, who was fleeing the scene of a reported domestic battery incident. Flint was outside the vehicle in the 500 block of County Road-N near Innes Road attempting to conduct a traffic stop when Moffatt “rammed Deputy Flint’s vehicle with his vehicle as he attempted to flee the scene,” said a news release from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post.

Moffatt was taken into custody by ISP near the intersection of County Road 410-N and County Road 500-N, where he brought his vehicle to a stop. Flint was taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital for treatment of serious injuries to his face, including a laceration requiring deep tissue and surface stitches and a maxillary orbital fracture to his left eye

Flint was struck before he was able to exit his fully-marked police cruiser after he had located Moffatt on County Road 500-N and had stopped the white van before they passed each other on the road, said the probable cause affidavit filed by Indiana State Police Trooper Kip J. Main. Flint had begun to get out of his vehicle, had one foot on the ground and was starting to stand up with his head between the open driver’s door and door frame when Moffatt drove into the driver’s side door, pinching Flint’s leg and head between the door and the vehicle.

Flint told Main that he radioed dispatch for assistance after he had been hit. “Flint told that he was bleeding from the head and having difficulty seeing as he found himself giving chase to the suspect vehicle. Flint was pursuing the suspect van with lights and siren activated. Flint told that he caught up to the suspect vehicle. As the suspect vehicle turned right heading south Deputy Fling performed a ‘Pit maneuver’ on the suspect vehicle causing it to spin and slide into the ditch,” according to the affidavit.

ISP Trooper Andrew Garrett assisted Flint at the scene and took Moffatt to King’s Daughters’ Hospital for a blood draw to test for his blood alcohol content.

When Moffatt was booked into the Jefferson County Jail, he was given a test that indicated a blood alcohol level of 0.179.

Moffatt told Main that he did not remember anything after 5 p.m. on May 29, 2018, including the domestic argument, stopping in front of the police vehicle or hitting the officer and his police vehicle.



Courier staff writer Tali Hunt can be reached at (812) 265-3641 or at thunt@madisoncourier.com