LIMA — A 21-year-old Lima man who police say attempted to ram a vehicle driven by his ex-girlfriend not once but twice and then fled from police at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour accepted a deal from prosecutors Monday.
Tyler Lee appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court for a change of plea hearing following his indictment in June on charges of felonious assault, a third-degree felony, and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a felony of the second degree.
He pleaded guilty to the failure to comply charge, as well as an amended count of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. The felonious assault charge was dismissed.
The charges stem from an incident that took place on June 2 involving Lee and his former girlfriend. According to court documents, Lee used his sports utility vehicle to strike the corner of a vehicle operated by his girlfriend on South Rosedale Avenue and the confrontation continued throughout the streets of Lima. The girlfriend attempted to elude Lee’s threats, traveling west to the vicinity of Elida, but her vehicle was once again struck while traveling on Elida Road.
Deputies who had been dispatched in reference to the incident reportedly observed Lee run more than one stop light or stop sign as he eluded police at speeds that approached 90 miles per hour, according to court documents.
Lee eventually exited his vehicle on Close Street and entered a wooded area before being apprehended by law enforcement officers on the steps of a residence at 2210 Carolina Avenue.
Lee faces up to 54 months in prison and a lifetime driver’s license suspension when he is sentenced Nov. 5. Judge Jeffrey Reed agreed Monday to a defense request to lower Lee’s bond and freed the defendant on an own-recognizance bond with electronic monitoring also ordered.
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