The Shiloh, Ga., man accused over the weekend of striking a Columbus police officer with his own patrol car pleaded not guilty this morning in Recorder's Court to all 10 charges against him.
Neither police nor Robert Isaacs, 30, provided testimony at this morning's 8 a.m. hearing. Judge Michael Cielinski assessed the accused a host of bonds for each of the 10 charges against him. The most Isaacs was instructed to pay was $50,000 on the charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Isaacs was additionally charged with theft by taking motor vehicle, reckless conduct, reckless driving, DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to obey a traffic officer, failure to yield the right of way at a crosswalk, improper lane change and no seat belt.
His case has been bound over to Superior Court.
The charges stem from an incident that began at 11th Street and Broadway about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Witnesses and police say that Isaacs jumped into Officer Cetan Webster's patrol car and locked the doors. Webster used a spare key to open the doors and told Isaacs to get out. The officer said in a police report he warned the suspect several times to get out of the vehicle.
Instead of obeying Webster's commands, Isaacs allegedly grabbed the driver's side door, shut it and again locked the car before throwing the vehicle in reverse. The car struck Webster in his knees. Others at the scene jumped out of the way.
Isaacs drove away, but was later found with the patrol car at Second Avenue and 42nd Street. Two of the vehicle's tires were missing. The suspect later tested more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. Upon his capture, Isaacs told police that the tires came off the car because he intentionally hit street curbs in order to avoid downtown patrons.