ESPN producer arrested for domestic violence
Aug 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM
An ESPN television producer has a pretrial hearing set in Sandusky Municipal Court after an alleged incident in early July.
Eric Swaringen, 49, of Belmont, N.C., faces a first-degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence for an alleged incident which occurred on or about July 8 at a Sandusky-area hotel.
Swaringen is the producer for ESPN's coverage of NHRA drag racing and also works producing and directing college basketball games, according to ESPN Media Zone's website.
Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk hosted the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals July 4 to 7.
Swaringen's hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 28.
He has hired attorney Michael J. Goldberg.
Swaringen pleaded not guilty at a July 8 hearing.
The Perkins police report indicated Swaringen had been drinking vodka and was involved in a verbal altercation with his wife.
The report stated his wife allegedly spit at Swaringen during the argument.
Swaringen claims in the police report his wife was about to spit at him a second time when he put his palm of his hand up to block the spit and his wife "ran her face into the palm of his hand."
His wife indicated later in the report Swaringen struck her a second time, possibly breaking her nose.
"I can't even see straight my nose hurts so bad," she said in the report.
Swaringen's wife also had what appeared to be fresh bruises on her right bicep area, according to the report.
The alleged incident took place with the couple's 2-year-old son present.
Swaringen's wife refused to file domestic violence charges against her husband, but Perkins police arrested him and filed the charges after processing the scene.