Man From Ukraine Accused Of Trooper Assault - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Man From Ukraine Accused Of Trooper Assault

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man from the Ukraine who is accused of assaulting a State Highway Patrol trooper is being held in jail on $250,000 bond.

Eduard Ryumshin was charged with felonious assault, tampering with government documents, forgery, possession of criminal tools and resisting arrest. His bond was set by Canton Municipal Judge Stephen Belden during Monday's arraignment. He will appear in Stark County Common Pleas Court on Friday.

He was arrested after driving on Interstate 77 in Guernsey County following an attack last Friday in a driver's license station in Canton.

The patrol said Ryumshin, 34, of Kiev, matched the description of the man who sprayed the face of trooper Rayetta Calhoun. A container holding a chemical substance used in the assault was found inside his car.

Calhoun was called to a drivers' exam station about a man who presented a fraudulent Social Security card and a resident alien card, hoping to obtain an Ohio Identification Card, said Sgt. Don Ebie of the patrol's Canton-area post.

He said Calhoun arrived as Ryumshin was leaving the license station. According to the patrol, she asked him to stop but he quickly turned and sprayed a substance similar to Mace in her face.

Then he left, driving away. Calhoun was treated at Aultman Hospital and was released.

Lt. John Born of the patrol's headquarters in Columbus said the state identification card is available to people who need some form of Ohio ID, but it does not entitle a person to drive.

Ebie did not know whether Ryumshin was in the United States legally. The patrol notified the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which said that he will be deported following his criminal case.

If Ryumshin is convicted, he could face eight years and nine months in jail and a $20,750 fine.

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