MOUNT VERNON — A charge brought against a Mount Vernon man for allegedly making a false statement that police vehicles almost struck him was dismissed Tuesday in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
Eric D. Stump
A charge of false report of peace officer misconduct was dismissed by visiting Municipal Court Judge Kenneth Lane against Eric D. Stump, 54. Lane dismissed the charge, a first-degree misdemeanor, at the request of Mount Vernon City Law Director Rob Broeren.
Broeren said he asked that the charge be dismissed due to Stump’s completion of mental health counseling, as well as counseling that is “on-going.” The counseling was requested via a referral by the court, Broeren said.
Broeren said he is unaware of what specific kind of counseling Stump has completed, but explained the court orders an assessment and the agency doing the assessment decides on what kind of counseling is needed.
The charge against Stump stems from Sept. 26, 2017, and alleges Stump falsely claimed in a 911 call that he was almost run over by police while riding his bike in Mount Vernon. The police were responding to a burglary in progress call, and drove past Stump, who stopped his bike in the road, according to court records.
Stump’s attorney, Phil Lehmkuhl, filed a motion challenging whether a 911 call fits the legal definition of the charge. Lehmkuhl, speaking with the News, said the legal definition requires the false allegation to be made in writing.
Broeren said Lehmkuhl’s motion had nothing to do with the decision to dismiss the case.
A second charge brought against Stump is being reviewed for dismissal and re-filing, according to court records. Stump was charged with inducing panic in February, stemming from a Dec. 24, 2017 incident. The problem appears to be one of mistaken identity. Broeren said the charge is being reviewed “to make sure the appropriate person is charged with the crime.”