Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Man arraigned in park incident

Bond $1.75M for driver accused of running over child

By Janice Morse
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - A magistrate on Monday set bond at $1.75 million for a Kentucky motorist accused of driving into a child in an amusement park parking lot.

Mason Municipal Magistrate Eddie Lawson set bond at $350,000 on each of five counts for Jerry Bryan II, 31, of Dry Ridge.

Arraigned via video camera from the Warren County Jail in Lebanon, Bryan is accused of striking a boy with a 1997 Chevy Blazer on Saturday at Paramount's Kings Island.

City police on Monday declined to release the name of the child, although they said he was in fair condition at Children's Medical Center of Dayton.

Bryan faces a misdemeanor charge of child endangering, three counts of driving under a suspended license and a count of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, officials said.

Bryan's wife has said her husband was taking two prescription medications. Police on Monday said they were awaiting Bryan's blood test results to determine the types and amounts.

Several agencies' records show Bryan had a history of driving offenses.

Cincinnati police charged him July 24 with driving under suspension and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, according to court records.

Bryan had held a Kentucky commercial driver's license, but that license was canceled because authorities believed he was no longer a Kentucky resident, said Mike Goins, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Records also showed several suspensions, although the offenses that led to the suspensions were unclear in available records, which date back five years, Goins said. During that span, Bryan completed an alcohol-treatment program on Sept. 25, 2000.

Police in Worthington, Ohio, near Columbus, on Monday said they had current warrants seeking his arrest, but they did not release details. Worthington police arrested him in 1997 on accusations that his vehicle struck two others while he was driving under the influence of alcohol, a report shows.


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