Fentress County man facing terrorism charge after crashing truck into courthouse

Jacob Tinch (source: Fentress County Sheriff's Office)

JAMESTOWN (WATE) – A Fentress County man is charged with terrorism after police say he intentionally drove his pickup truck into the county courthouse.

Jamestown police say Jacob L. Tinch, 66, is charged with an act of terrorism because he said he wanted to kill government officials.

Police Chief Ken Hancock saw Tinch driving his pickup truck around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Knowing he was driving on a revoked license, Chief Hancock then tried to pull Tinch over. Tinch refused to stop, leading Hancock on a brief pursuit.

Eventually, Tinch pulled onto the courthouse lawn and crashed into the glass front doors. The truck ended up in the property assessor’s office, but no one was injured.

Tinch also faces charges of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, felony evading and traffic charges.

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