Richmond pleads not guilty to felonious assault after head-on collision with deputy


Christine Holmes

Robert Richmond stands in the Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas with his attorney, Terry Rugg, during his arraignment on Jan. 16.

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

The man who allegedly fled from police on Maple Avenue before colliding head-on with a deputy pleaded not guilty to two felony charges during his arraignment in common pleas court Wednesday morning.

Robert Richmond of Cambridge pleaded not guilty to failure to comply with a risk of harm specification, a third-degree felony, and felonious assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony.

On Friday, Jan. 4, Richmond, 53, allegedly attempted to evade officers of the Zanesville Police Department after an officer tried to pull him over for a traffic stop, according to law enforcement.

Upon a vehicle pursuit ensuing, the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office was called in to assist with the chase.

As a deputy was driving southbound on Maple Avenue in response to the incident, Richmond, who was driving northbound, went over the concrete median before colliding head-on with the deputy in front of Wendy’s, ZPD Captain Scott Comstock said in a previous Y-City News report.

Richmond and the deputy, Brodie Brewer, were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Brewer was released from the hospital that evening and returned to work a couple days later, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said.

According to Richmond’s indictment, a felony charge of failure to comply means Richmond is accused of “causing a substantial risk of serious physical harm to persons or property” while attempting to elude or flee a police officer.

The indictment goes on to state that Richmond knowingly attempted to or did cause harm to the deputy he crashed into with his pickup truck, which is considered a deadly weapon under state law.

Richmond was held in the Zanesville City Jail on a $50,000 until he was indicted. He is currently being held in the Muskingum County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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