Trial dates have been scheduled for March 11 and 18 for a 29-year-old Town of Harrison man on criminal and traffic charges as part of an investigation into suspected deer poaching.
Aaron A. Gregory, 2752 Baker–Ford Road, faces four counts of illegal hunting; one count each of vehicle operator fleeing or eluding an officer, a felony, and hit-and-run, a misdemeanor; and traffic charges of operating while suspended and speeding on a Rustic Road more than 45 mph above the speed limit.
A status conference on the charges is set for Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. Gregory faces a maximum of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the eluding charge.
The Sheriff’s Department received a report of possible poaching at 6573 Stumptown Road Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. After getting a description of the suspect and vehicle, deputies found the vehicle, and a chase at speeds of up to 95 mph was called off due to safety reasons, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Speed limits on roads classed as Rustic Roads are generally 45 mph.
The vehicle was found shortly afterward in a ditch on Stumptown Road. When deputies approached the vehicle, the vehicle came out of the ditch and came toward the squad cars, going into the ditch line and hitting one squad car in the driver’s side door, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies later found Gregory and his vehicle hidden at the Baker–Farm Road property and arrested Gregory.
Deputies found 14 deer carcasses in a search of Gregory’s property and notified the DNR. The investigation into the carcasses revealed they had been poached, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The DNR removed five of the deer and two firearms on the property.