Michigan man sentenced for making officer crash

12/1/2012
BLADE STAFF

A Michigan man charged with deliberately causing a Toledo police officer to crash his motorcycle into the back of his car was sentenced Friday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court to community control.

Edward Wechtel, 58, of 1022 Feltis Dr., Temperance, pleaded no contest to attempted assault, a fifth-degree felony. Judge Gene Zmuda found him guilty and ordered him to one year on community control, including 100 hours of community service. He faces up to six months of incarceration if he violates any conditions, the judge ordered.

Authorities Officer Rick Fisher was on patrol near Monroe Street and Auburn Avenue when he stopped Wechtel in the 3400 block of Monroe for running a red light. After receiving the ticket, the driver rapidly pulled away, authorities said.

Officer Fisher and a second officer were pursuing the vehicle when the driver intentionally slammed on the brakes, causing Officer Fisher’s motorcycle to slam into the rear of the car. The officer sustained minor injuries.