Rowan Co. man allegedly shoots at trooper's home, leads deputy on chase

Joseph Mirus | Rowan Co. Detention Center
Joseph Mirus | Rowan Co. Detention Center(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 15, 2017 at 10:17 PM EDT
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A Rowan County man is in jail after investigators say he shot at a state trooper's home. But deputies say that was just the start of what led to the arrest of Joseph Mirus.

It happened late Wednesday night in the Clearfield community of Rowan County.

Investigators were called out to Scott Court for a report that someone in a pickup truck was shooting at a trooper's home, court documents show.

It was not difficult for a deputy on the way to find a truck matching that description. "As I passed the truck I witnessed a male subject leaning out of the driver side window screaming something at me as I passed," the responding deputy writes in the arrest citation.

The deputy said he then turned around to follow the truck, which he says was swerving all over the roadway, before he tried to pull the driver over.

That is when investigators said the driver - Joseph Mirus - led the deputy on a chase from Route 60, through downtown Morehead, before Mirus stopped when he pulled in the driveway of his home.

But it did not end there.

"The operator then exited the vehicle and approached me in a hurry, cursing and asking me what in the hell I was doing," the deputy writes in the arrest citation. "It was obvious he was intoxicated and I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person."

Investigators said Mirus failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Investigators said they found a Glock 27 under the driver's seat, a .38 revolver in the cupholder, and a box of ammo in the floor board.

According to the arrest citation, investigators found four spent shell casings in the bed of the truck, the same caliber of one shell they said they found at the trooper's home.

Deputies said Mirus told them he had had a few drinks.

Mirus is charged with fleeing or evading police, driving under the influence, carrying a concealed weapon, and menacing.

He agreed to talk to WKYT from jail to share his side of the story, but jail officials said they were unable to accommodate an interview request on Friday evening.