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Published: Friday, 4/26/2002

Toledoan accused of ramming into trooper

A Toledo motorist was arraigned yesterday in Sylvania Municipal Court on two counts of felonious assault on a police officer and two counts of felony vandalism filed after, authorities said, he fled from police Wednesday and twice slammed his car into an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper's cruiser.

Bond was set at $35,000 for Timothy Miller, 48, whose last known address was in the 2300 block of Berdan Avenue. He is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

In addition to the felony charges, Mr. Miller faces several misdemeanor counts for alleged traffic violations.

About 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mr. Miller was in his car in a car dealership's parking lot in Sylvania Township. Township police received a call about an injury accident at the car lot.

There was no accident, but Mr. Miller rammed a township police cruiser and a fire truck as he left the lot on Central Avenue, authorities said.

Police pursued the car, and troopers joined the chase in Swanton Township. Mr. Miller allegedly rammed a cruiser driven by Trooper Wil Richardson on State Rt. 2. On his way back to Springfield Township, Mr. Miller cut through a mobile home park near Garden Road and rammed Trooper Richardson's vehicle a second time, according to authorities.

The trooper was treated at St. Luke's Hospital. Patrol Lt. Ray Martin was treated at the hospital for a sprained wrist after the suspect struggled during his arrest, authorities said.

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