LaGrange, OH – A man attacked an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, and bit off part of his ear on Jan. 11 (video below).
Early Thursday morning, a woman called the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office to report a man walking in the roadway. She told police she thought he was drunk, Cleveland.com reported.
A state trooper found Cornelius L. Carey, Jr. just after 7 a.m. on Diagonal Road, and stopped to find out what he was doing.
The dashcam video showed that initially, as the trooper arrived on the scene, the 44-year-old Carey waved to him like he was greeting him.
But then when the trooper stopped his car, Carey walked out into the middle of the busy roadway.
The trooper yelled at him repeatedly to “get out of the road.”
Once Carey complied, the trooper asked him if he was okay, and Carey went off.
He screamed in the trooper’s face, as the trooper walked him to the front of his patrol vehicle, and kept asking why he’d been stopped.
“I’m trying to save you,” the trooper replied. “I’m worried about you.”
“I got legit problems,” Carey said, in the midst of his mostly-nonsensical rant.
In the video, the trooper asked Carey where his identification was, and Carey reached for the inside of his jacket. The trooper grabbed his arm to stop him.
“Would you get off me man?” Carey asked as he reached into his coat again.
The trooper grabbed his arm again, and Carey swung and hit the trooper in the head.
They scuffled and Carey broke away for a moment. Then with a renewed energy, an enraged Carey went after the trooper, attacking him the middle of the roadway.
At that point, the fight crossed out of the view of the dash cam.
Off camera, a nasty fight can be heard, with both men yelling.
Then bystanders stopped to help, and a woman started yelling at Carey to get off the trooper.
Police said several witnesses stopped and called police, according to Cleveland.com.
“The officer’s all bloody on his face,” the woman tearfully told the dispatcher. “Please send somebody.”
The scuffle continued for three minutes before it sounded like the trooper gained control of the suspect.
Almost six minutes after the attack began, sirens can be heard in the video as the trooper’s backup arrived.
During the fight, Carey bit off part of the trooper’s ear. The side of his head appeared bloody in the video.
The trooper, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries.
WJW reported that he will need surgery.
Carey was charged with felonious assault and booked into the Lorain County jail.
You can see the condensed fight video below: