Man convicted of assaulting cop is no-show for hearing

Cary Ashby • Nov 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A Sandusky man convicted of assaulting a police officer failed to come to his probation violation hearing Monday.

Trae A. Hunter, 21, has a January merits hearing -- the second of a two-part probation violation hearing process -- scheduled in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He was scheduled to appear for a similar hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge he didn't know where his client was. He also said he was concerned he may have led Hunter to believe he would be asking for a later court date based on the court seeing how Hunter would do on bond.

"He's missing, from what I've been told," Longo added.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said she spoke to Hunter's Erie County probation officer, who had requested prosecutors issue a warrant for Hunter's arrest. She said the officer also reported the defendant hadn't "reported in" and someone at his former residence said he wasn't living there anymore.

In late July 2012, Hunter pleaded guilty to attempted assault on a police officer and domestic violence.

Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp responded to a May 18, 2012 domestic disturbance complaint at the home of Hunter's ex-girlfriend. The officer sustained several injuries after a tussle in a narrow hallway with Hunter, who was fleeing from police and had thrown a TV at officers. Hipp, who was punched in the face, was treated for bruised ribs and contusions to his lip and chest wall at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"I want the court to know I'm sorry for the decision I made. My anger got the best of me," Hunter said in September 2012.

Hunter later wasn't accepted into a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

As part of his three years of probation, Hunter is prohibited from having any contact with the domestic violence victim. He also must undergo anger management and substance abuse counseling, get his GED and obtain and keep a full-time job. The defendant, who was fined $250, is subject to random drug screens.

Hunter faces one year in prison on a probation violation.

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