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Police: Motorist tried to hit us

Alex Green • Jun 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM


A Port Clinton man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly trying to drive his vehicle into police officers on the side of the road.

Joshua Large, 35, of the 1300 block W. Lakeshore Drive, was charged with felonious assault, a first-degree felony.

The incident came as officers were responding to an unrelated call about a man threatening an Ottawa County dog warden's employee after he received a citation for dog-at-large, a police report said. Four police officers had responded to the area, where the man was found unarmed.

The officers were then walking near West Third Street and Harding Drive when they saw a car driving upwards of 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, the report said.

It was near dusk, so one officer shined a flashlight on the ground as the car approached. When the vehicle didn't slow down, the officer quickly trained his light on the windshield, the report said.

The car then turned sharply in the direction of the officers, who were standing on the right side of the road, the report said. The vehicle missed the officers by about 4 feet.

The car then left the scene, prompting an officer to hop in his cruiser and give chase. The officer pulled over the vehicle and asked Large what he was doing.

Large said he thought the light was coming from kids playing with flashlights.

"I'm not sure why that would be better," Officer Mark Anderson said.

"(I said) it doesn't matter who is in the road, you don't aim your vehicle toward them," Officer Joshua Nelson said.

Large was charged with a first-degree felony because he tried to swerve into officers, the report said. He was taken to the Ottawa County jail, where he remains without bond.

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