Ohio man charged with assault in Westminster

An Ohio man was charged Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted a woman during an argument.

Dmitri Millard, 34, was charged with one count each of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft between $100 and $1,500, and malicious destruction of property. He was released Thursday on $7,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of probable cause, a trooper of the Maryland State Police observed two vehicles pulled to the side of the road on Md. 27 near Gahle Road. A man and woman standing near one of the vehicles appeared to be arguing.

The two were separated. The man, identified as Millard, spoke with a trooper and said he and the woman had begun to argue while he was driving. After refusing to show him a message on her phone, she threw the phone from the window, he said, before grabbing the steering wheel and pulling it, causing the vehicle to swerve.

He stopped the car on the shoulder and she tackled him through the driver’s side door and onto the ground. He was able to get up as two witnesses in a separate vehicle pulled up to the scene, he said, and he threw up his hands and said, “I didn’t do anything,” according to the statement.

The trooper spoke separately to the woman who said she and Millard had been verbally arguing when he demanded to see her cellphone. She refused, and he grabbed her arm and pulled her across the center console, causing the vehicle to swerve, she said, according to the statement.

He then stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road where he pulled her to the ground and got on top of her, not letting her up, she told police. Her phone was thrown in the struggle. she said, according to the statement.

Police spoke to two witnesses who had been traveling together on Md. 27 when they described hearing a woman call for help. They described that they saw the woman laying on the ground on the side of the road with Millard on top of her, according to the statement.

The witnesses stopped their vehicle, and one witness told Millard to get off of the woman, he said, according to the statement. The witnesses said Millard then got up and threw his hands up stating, “I didn’t do anything,” according to the statement.

The cellphone was not able to be located, according to the statement.

When reached by phone, Millard said he wished to meet in person for a formal interview before giving comment. A court date is scheduled for Nov. 28.

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