Man Convicted Of Hitting Woman While She Drove Him In Car
Meanwhile, woman still faces charges of driving drunk and endangering children
A man who is accused of attacking a woman as she drove him in her car was convicted of assault Monday.
Isaac Reynolds, 34, of Mentor, pleaded no contest to an assault charge and was found guilty by Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets.
Trebets sentenced Reynolds to 180 days in jail, but he gave him credit for 28 days he already served and suspended the remaining 152. That means Reynolds will face no additional jail time if he stays out of trouble. However, if he violates his community control, he could spend up to five more months in jail.
Trebets also fined Reynolds $100.
Reynolds was arrested in March when a Mentor police officer saw a car pass by on Center Street with a fight happening inside.
Jamie Dunn, 29, of Mentor, was driving and Reynolds was the front-seat passenger.
The officer could see Reynolds hitting Dunn so he pulled his cruiser out behind them and signalled for them to stop, Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said at the time of Reynolds' arrest.
They pulled onto Station Street and stopped. The officer got out of his cruiser and could still hear Reynolds yelling and saw him punch her in the head, Zbiegien said.
Reynolds did not stop yelling until he saw the police officer approach, Zbiegien added.
When the officer reached the car, he saw an open can of Labatt Blue beer in Dunn's hand and two kids in the back seat, Zbiegien said. The children were four and five years old, respectively. Neither was in a car seat.
The officer asked Dunn to get out of the car and she stumbled as she did, Zbiegien said. She had minor visible injuries.
The policeman gave Dunn field sobriety tests, which she failed, Zbiegien said. When he asked her to take a blood test, she refused.
In addition to the open beer can, Dunn had a marijuana pipe in her purse and she admitted to smoking marijuana before driving, Zbiegien said.
The officer arrested both Dunn and Reynolds. The two children were turned over to a family member.
Dunn still faces a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and two counts of child endangerment. Those charges are felonies because of previous convictions. Dunn has been convicted of drunken driving four times in the last six years.
She was also previously convicted of child endangerment in Cuyahoga County, Zbiegien said.
Her case will be heard in Lake County Court of Common Pleas.