Man arrested after dogs attack police officer
An Oberlin man has been charged with assaulting a police officer after setting his pit-bull-type dogs on an Oberlin officer in an attempt to keep from being arrested.
Lewis A. Wade, of Oberlin, was arrested and charged with having an animal at large, obstructing official business, resisting an officer, and simple assault-police officer after the events that took place Sunday evening.
According to the police report, at about 5:39 p.m., Patrolman Marc Ellis was finishing an accident report in the 200 block of South Park Street. Ellis observed a large brown “pit-bull-type” dog running through several yards in the block on South Park Street.
Ellis noted in the report that the dog was not on a leash and appeared to be chasing a tennis ball. Ellis then observed the dog return to a man he recognized as Wade, after previous dealings with him.
Wade threw the ball several more times and the dog continued running through the same yards to retrieve the ball. Ellis told Wade the dog could not run loose.
According to the police report, Wade responded with, “Yeah right,” and prepared to again throw the ball, despite further warnings from Ellis that he would be cited for having a dog running at large.
Wade looked at Ellis, issued a profanity at Ellis, and proceeded to throw the ball several yards over, according to the report. The dog again chased after the ball and Ellis told Wade he was going to receive a citation and requested Wade produce his identification for the citation.
According to the report, Wade then stated, “(Profanity), you want my I.D., I got something for you,” and began walking toward the side door of his house. Ellis began to follow Wade to the house, while requesting backup, when Wade held the door open and started calling out several names.
Two more dogs ran out of the house, one of them being described in the report as a pit-bull-type, and ran toward Ellis. Wade then began yelling at the officer to get off his property or the dogs would attack him.
According to the report, Wade aggressively approached Ellis, and Ellis tried to push him way and draw his taser at the same time. One of the dogs then lunged toward the officer and attempted to bite his elbow.
Ellis next attempted to push the dog to the ground and was bitten on the right wrist, causing him to drop his taser. After being able to free himself from the attacking dog, the officer was then able to draw his gun and shot at the dogs in self defense.
Two rounds were fired at the most aggressive of the animals, hitting the one that bit Ellis, according to the report. The dogs ran away and Ellis was then able to turn his attention back to Wade, who was still yelling profanities.
Wade was advised that he was under arrest for assaulting an officer, and Wade continued to taunt Ellis. At this time, Wade’s mother then came outside and began to yell at the officer not to shoot her dog.
When she realized her son was on the verge of getting tased, she advised her son to “do as the officer says,” according to the report. Other officers arrived on the scene, and eventually Wade was arrested, though he still put up a fight, according to Ellis.
When the officers looked at Ellis’s injuries, they determined the bites were only superficial. The report said the dog’s front teeth scraped the officer’s wrist, breaking the skin in two places.
A neighbor claimed to have witnessed the events and submitted a written statement to the Oberlin PD.
Wade’s mother, identified as Lois Wade, was later contacted and stated all three dogs had returned to the house, though one seemed injured. According to the report she was uncooperative, and would not answer any further questions.
Lewis Wade was issued a bond of $8,750, and was held in Lorain County Jail until his court date in Oberlin Municipal Court. Police said he had also been issued a citation for a dog at large on Feb. 3 and was also charged with menacing in that incident.