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Published: Sunday, 10/13/2002

36-year-old allegedly turns car on 2 people

A 36-year-old Toledo man is charged with two counts of felonious assault after he allegedly tried to run down two people yesterday with a 2000 Ford Focus, Toledo police said.

Toledo police said they found Ernest Smith, of the 800 block of Kingston Avenue, shirtless, brandishing a large stick, and cursing about 3:30 a.m. at Weiler Homes. Earlier Mr. Smith was driving the vehicle and allegedly grazed Jay Whitfield, age not available, who suffered a minor injury. Lugalabamu Mugashe, 26, also was struck with the vehicle. Mr. Mugashe's condition was not known yesterday.

Mr. Smith suffered a minor injury. He was treated at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Mr. Smith remained in the Lucas County jail last night. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court on Tuesday.

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