XENIA — A Kentucky man is being retried Monday, March 27 in Greene County Common Pleas Court for allegedly assaulting a peace officer in Beavercreek.
A jury could not reach a verdict after five hours in the Jan. 30 trial for Vincent Lyday. Judge Stephen Wolaver declared a mistrial.
Lyday, 27, was charged with assault, a fourth degree felony, after a regular traffic stop on the side of Interstate 675 turned into a physical altercation.
The events began around 10 p.m. on March 15, 2016 when Beavercreek Patrol Officer Tyler Fruhwirth pulled over Lyday for speeding.
According to testimony, Fruhwirth submitted Lyday to an O.V.I. checkpoint, which led to a fight. Fruhwirth testified that Lyday tried to tackle him into the guardrail, push him toward oncoming traffic, and reach for Fruhwirth’s Taser.
Evidence presented in the trial included cruiser videos of portions of the events and pictures of Fruhwirth’s injuries, which included scrapes and cuts on his wrist, hands and fingers. Fruhwirth also said he suffered a sprained knee and his watch was broken.
Defense attorney Andrew Schlueter argued that there was not enough evidence to show the defendant’s intent to harm the police officer.
Lyday took the stand, testifying that “things escalated” and “got out of hand” and that he did not push the officer into oncoming traffic. He said he was nervous to be alone with Fruhwirth on a dark highway.
Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Burke represents the state. The trial will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Reach Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.