LIMA — A Lima woman who police say ran down her daughter’s former boyfriend with her vehicle while intoxicated was arraigned Thursday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Bethany Gerding, 40, entered pleas of not guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and two misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
According to a statement written by Detective Sean Neidemire of the Lima Police Department, police responded on June 9 to 1950 Brookwood Drive in Lima, in response to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a car.
Upon their arrival, officers found Brian Chambers, 21, lying unconscious on the ground. Chambers was transported by paramedics to a local hospital with serious injuries.
According to reports, officers spoke with Makayla Meyer, described as Chambers’ girlfriend, who said she had been in a social media dispute earlier that day with Kaylee Gerding, Chambers’ former girlfriend and Bethany Gerding’s daughter.
Bethany Gerding had come to the residence to fight Meyer, according to court records.
The report states that when Chambers went outside to speak with Bethany Gerding and retrieve some of his belongings from her vehicle, the two began to argue. Meyer told police she came outside and observed Bethany Gerding climb into her vehicle, back it up and then intentionally strike Chambers as he stood on the sidewalk. The woman then fled the scene, documents show.
Police located Gerding at her residence and took her into custody. She was found to be intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of 0.099, according to the report.