7-Count Indictment for Man Accused of Assaulting GSP Trooper
Criminal indictments are not evidence of guilt; they are only charges. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
For allegedly biting a Georgia State Patrol trooper and hitting the officer with a flashlight during a traffic stop, an Oconee County man faces formal charges.
According to a 7-count indictment returned by an Oconee County grand jury this week, David Earl Lucas, 40, of Dash Road, is accused of driving a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol on June 6, 2011. When confronted in the parking lot of A J's Convenience Store on Monroe Highway, Lucas bit the trooper on the arm, causing bite marks and scarring, and hit the officer with a flashlight, the indictment alleges.
Lucas was formally charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, battery, obstruction of an officer, interference with government property, driving under the influence, failure to maintain, and a taillight violation.