A trial date has been scheduled for the Akron man who is charged with attempted murder and several other offenses in connection with a crash that injured a Cuyahoga Falls Police officer last summer.
Donald R. Watson Jr., 47, will go on trial Oct. 2, according to James Pollack, Director of Communications for the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. The date was set June 22 when Watson was in Summit County Common Pleas Court for a status conference. At that same proceeding, Watson also waived his right to a speedy trial, according to a court record.
Watson is accused of driving into the Cuyahoga Falls Police parking lot on July 23, 2016, and running into parked patrol vehicles, according to a police department press release. Watson allegedly caused significant damage to three police vehicles, according to the press release.
Watson then fled the scene and officers began to pursue his vehicle, according to police. During the pursuit, police say Watson crossed over into the lane of an assisting officer, Ptl. Ted Davis, purposely striking his patrol vehicle.
Davis was taken to a hospital, having sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. The hospital subsequently released Davis to a rehabilitation facility. He was soon sent home to recuperate and returned to work in December 2016.