CINCINNATI — A 54-year-old man has been charged with felonious assault and impersonating a police officer after an apparent road rage incident in southwest Ohio.
Police said David Lomache had red and blue flashing lights mounted to his white 1999 Oldsmobile 88 and activated them to pull over a motorist he thought was following him too closely in the eastern Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township. Police said he began yelling about following him, and when the other driver said he didn't believe Lomache was a police officer, Lomache insisted that he was and said "Not worry about it" and called the man an expletive.
Police said he then allegedly shoved a police-style baton into the other driver's face, and when the man pushed it away, Lomache pushed his car door shut, denting it. He then allegedly hit the other man multiple times with the baton on the left arm and face, causing a cut to his upper lip and cuts to the inside of his mouth. He also used the baton to smash a plastic window visor, police said.
Police said that Lomache drove away, then reappeared when the victim was meeting with police and walked up to ask what was going on.
The police report states that police training stresses that using a baton to the head is considered "lethal force."
Lomache was arrested Thursday and released on $125,000 bond. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday.