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Driver in Ada shooting pleads not guilty

KENTON — A man involved a shooting incident in Ada pleaded not guilty to five charges at his arraignment earlier this week in the Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

On May 22 , the Hardin County Task Force was prepared to arrest Rashad Lott and Andre Lewis based on a narcotics investigation. Parked in the Marathon parking lot at the corner of Ohio 235 and Ohio 81 on Ada’s north side, Lewis, the passenger. entered the gas station. Upon realizing an arrest was taking place, Lott attempted to flee the scene.

He turned the car toward Ohio 235 when he struck a detective and his car, as the officer was attempting on foot to stop the escaping suspect. The detective was thrown across the hood of the car by the impact of the getaway car, according to Hardin County Keith Everhart, and, in defense, fired his weapon at the car. The passenger’s window was shattered by the bullet, but Lott was not hit.

He then attempted to flee the scene at the northern entrance to the business, when he was stopped by a cruiser from the Ada Police Department, which was assisting in the sting operation.

During the arraignment, Judge Scott Barrett read the five counts on which Lott was endicted: felonious assault, a first degree felony; driving while under suspension, an unclassified misdemeanor; complicity to trafficing in cocaine, a fourth degree felony; permitting drug abuse, a fifth degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony. Lott, represented by Attorney Howard Elliott, pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

His bond was set at $100,000 in municipal court, which Prosecutor Siobhonne Ward felt appropriate in light of the nature of the charges, the severity and possible penalties. Despite a request of a reduction to $50,000 by the defense, Barrett kept the bail at $100,000.

Lott’s pre-trial is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with the jury trial set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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