Police: Motorist tried to hit us

Port Clinton man later tells officers he thought they were kids shining flashlight at his car
Alex Green
May 31, 2014

 

green@oc-register.com

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.

Comments

lunchtime 175

they should of given him a speeding ticket too.

LookingDown

How would they do that? They were walking and guessed his rate if speed. You can't just write a ticket for the fun of it you have to have some kind of proof.

yea right

wow and the cops are not punished for shinning a light in a drivers eyes like that..it is a law that you can NOT do that..

ladydye_5

It says on the windshield, not "in a drivers eyes". He could have it pointed at the rear view mirror, the passengers seat, his chest, etc. NO difference, you still do not then drive straight towards the light.

yea right

yea and 14 yr old kids would get in trouble for it..again "cops do no wrong"
starting trouble and hide..what a bunch of losers

Kelly

*eye roll*

From the Grave

He's lucky they didn't shoot at him.

LookingDown

Really, who old are you? 5

Stop It

He thought he was a moth. He HAD to drive towards the light.

yea right

he was trying to find out who the id 10 t's that were "ILLEGALLY" shinning lights in drivers eyes..

tonto

"Right" what a dork. So the officers shouldn't of tried to get the guys attention so they won't get hit. If they didn't try to get the drivers attention and got hurt, you'd probably be the type that says that they are trying to milk workers comp.

yea right

thats what road flares or lanterns are for..it is illegally to shine a light in drivers eyes..if they did their job right he would have not gotten into trouble..

ladydye_5

They were there on an unrelated call, that did NOT require road flares or lanterns. So why would they just happen to have them in their pockets? That is THE dumbest comment you have made. The flashlights are the only thing they had to get his attention. If you think you could do better, go ahead and tell us how. They were doing their job. How about your stick to YOUR job and let them do theirs. Never mind the fact he should have been given a speeding ticket too.

yea right

every cop car is equipt with flares.. and if the cars lights were on then that should have been suffecint..and if they were to close to the curb then they should be wering reflective clothing..i know safty.. better than all of you who have responded here..

LookingDown

The sad thing is, you have no clue what anyone does for a living! It was dusk, they we walking (no need for flares) they saw an on coming vechile and used flashlight on the pavement, car didn't slow down so they wanted to let them know there was ppl there (not smart and will most likely be talked to by superviser) but to say you know it note than anyone???? I don't want to say you are wrong but I can bet I know a cops job better than you do!!! Hint hint

ladydye_5

There was no need for flares to be out. Yes every car has them. Pretty sure there was no need for the lights to be on their cars either. They were not working on or near the road so no, they were not wearing reflective clothing, they were walking back to their vehicles. Officers do not put on reflective vests every time they get out of their car. As for knowing safety you might....but you need to learn spelling. The point of the story still is, the car was SPEEDING and then drove straight for the pedestrian (cop or child, he had NO idea who he was about to hit)with the light.

LookingDown

Agreed, but to point out spelling when most ppl use a phone is childish! One of my pet peeves!js

ladydye_5

I usually do not point out spelling errors, but if you want to sound all bada$$ and make a point, please at least try to spell.

LookingDown

Lol you usually don't, try again you do it all the time, this isn't my first rodeo with you. Twice now, and please stop you are just annoying now.

LookingDown

You usually don't? Try again, you do it all the time. This isn't my first rodeo reading your comments! You just sound stupid now!

yea right

ok just to let you id 10 t's know i am 50..i need glasses to read with..they are broke right now..and 3rdly i am on a desk top pc..and as far as safty..well I do know more than you..and if that is a "cop" responding up above then you should know better..tell you what.. call 1-800-321-OSHA they will explain it better to you..

oh by the way this is coming from an ez Air Force weapons loader who loaded everything in the inventory including nukes..and ex school bus driver..so yea i think I know more then you ppl including a id 10 t cop

yea right

by the way.. "cop" if you are not following safty..i have a terible habit of calling OSHA,DOT and reporting

LookingDown

Busses and air force jets have nothing to do with walking back to a vechile. Nor does it have to do with safety, like I stated before he will most likely get reprimanded but calling the safety police, that's laughable thank you I needed the chuckle. GI drive your bus now!

LookingDown

BTW please call, and tell them my name too! Lol

yea right

and your the first to sue cuz the safty gaurds are not in place..haha the joke IS you.. loser

LookingDown

Lamer? Like la'mar? Lol. You are cool!

LookingDown

Why do you keep saying I'm the first to sue??? That makes no sense and shows your argument holds no ground! Sad and childish!