Defense: Cop Hoping for an Incompetent Ruling in Assault Case

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PERRY TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A Mentor police officer pleaded not guilty to assault charges in Lake County Thursday morning.

Matthew Collins' attorney tells 19 Action News they are asking for the court to rule their client  incompetent to stand trial due to a head injury suffered on the job.

Collins fell 50 in a ravine on August 9th, 2009.

The Lake County Sheriff says Collins was a parent attending a little league game at Perry Township Park.

The sheriff says there was a verbal altercation between him and the coach about the playing time of one of the kids or lack there of during the game, and that ended with no issues.

However, the sheriff says that Collins was not happy with the way the discussion ended and went to talk with the coach again, 37 year-old, Andrew Bagdonas.

That discussion again escalated and Collins told police that he was "belly bumped" in a way, but witnesses on scene told the officers, that did not happen and the coach tried to walk away.

Witness then told deputies that Collins headbutted the coach and beat him while he was on the ground, and the injuries confirmed that.

Bagdonas was taken to a local hospital and was treated and released.

Collins has been on medical leave from the Mentor Police Department since last summer.

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