CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Lance Mason, a former Cuyahoga County judge, has been charged with felonious assault on a Shaker Heights police officer as charges remain pending in the alleged homicide of his wife.
Police say Mason was fleeing the scene in his Audi SUV Saturday morning when he crashed into the police cruiser, injuring Shaker Heights Officer Adam Flynt. The crash resulted in serious lower body injuries to Officer Flynt, who required hospitalization.
Mason was then arrested a short time later after fleeing on foot from the crash scene on Chagrin Boulevard.
Additional charges are still pending in the alleged murder of Aisha Fraser, Mason’s wife and sixth grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary in Shaker Heights.
Fraser was found deceased at a residence on Chagrin Boulevard. As a result of the investigation, Mason was taken into custody, but has not been formally charged with Fraser’s death.
Mason was convicted in 2014 on attempted assault and domestic violence charges on his estranged wife. Investigators say he punched his wife several times, bit her, and choked her.
He was then hired by the city of Cleveland in 2017 as Minority Business Development Administrator.
A vigil is planned at Woodbury Elementary on Monday at 5:30 a.m. in honor of Fraser.
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