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Former Greene County sheriff’s deputy indicted in August 2018 crash

Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 4:09 PM

Former Greene County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Spicer
Former Greene County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Spicer

A former major at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office who was convicted of a federal weapons violation in 2014 is suspected of causing a crash and leaving the scene.

Eric Arnold Spicer, 49, has been indicted on aggravated vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony, and failing to stop after an accident, a fifth-degree felony.

The charges stem from an Aug. 6, 2018 crash that happened around 1:45 a.m. on Grand Vista Drive in Beavercreek. Spicer was driving a gray 2017 Toyota 4Runner north on Grand Vista when the vehicle veered into a parked 2007 Honda Accord, according to the police report.

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The impact pushed the parked Honda into a 49-year-old male pedestrian who was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to the report.

Police cited alcohol as a suspected factor in the crash, but no sobriety test was administered on Spicer, according to the report.

Spicer’s attorney, Jeffrey Slyman, said his client is not charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and he does not expect evidence of that to be presented at trial.

Slyman said his client crashed his vehicle into a pizza delivery driver’s vehicle and the driver, who was standing nearby, was the one injured. Slyman said the aggravated specification on the charge is because of the seriousness of the injuries.

Slyman said his client notified police about the crash, but the first interview with police happened hours later.

“(Police) talked to him hours after the accident happened,” Slyman said. “Where the accident happened ... that is not where the officer spoke to Eric.”

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Spicer had attained the rank of major when he was fired in 2013 from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Spicer was later indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing a HK416 machine gun, a firearm that he obtained after forging Sheriff Gene Fischer’s name on a required document.

Spicer was sentenced to five years probation, serve 100 hours of community service and pay $1,900 in fines, according to court records. Judge Michael Barrett ordered Spicer’s supervised release to be terminated in July 2018, according to court records.