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$500K Bond Set For Man Accused of Attacking Officer

$500K Bond Set For Man Accused of Attacking Officer

A shackled Eric German, 45, escorted by Middletown police officers Vince Lovejoy, (left), and Geoff Getter, sits in Middletown Municipal Court for his arraignment Thursday, July 22, on charges of assault on a police officer among other charges in Middleto

The Middleton Press via YellowBrix

July 23, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown police cruiser camera allegedly caught Eric German attacking and beating an officer in the face Wednesday, July 21, so severely he may require reconstructive surgery.

On Thursday morning, German, 45, escorted by two police officers, shuffled into Middletown Municipal Court, handcuffed with shackles around his ankles.

Judge Mark W. Wall set bond at $500,000, which German hoped would be lowered so he could get out of jail, and possibly, retain his job. Through his court-appointed attorney, Damon Halverson of Hamilton, he told Wall that he had no previous felonies — only two disorderly conducts in Cincinnati years ago — his father and brother were former police officers and he had worked as a security guard.

Even before Halverson could make a case, Wall said: “Keep bond.”

German is charged with felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, failure to drive in marked lanes and fleeing the scene of an accident.

The Barnitz Street resident was pulled over in his blue van around 5 p.m. by Officer Jason Deaton near the intersection of Aberdeen Drive and Central Avenue after he allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run crash. German — who at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds was much larger than Deaton — struck the officer in the face several times before the two wrestled to the ground, according to police. Another officer, Malcolm Tipton, used his Taser on German, who was then handcuffed.

Deaton, who suffered serious facial injuries, was taken to Atrium Medical Center and then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was released late Wednesday, but officials said he will need reconstructive surgery.

Lt. Rodney Muterspaw, who attended the court proceedings, said the incident showed the dangers that officers can face.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Muterspaw said.

German will next appear in court at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, for a preliminary hearing.

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