Man allegedly assaulted by deputy: ‘I don’t know what I did to deserve this’

ASHTABULA, Ohio-  A 12-year veteran of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office was indicted for allegedly assaulting two men after they were arrested.

Sgt. James Truckey was indicted by the Ashtabula grand jury earlier this week on charges of felonious assault, assault, tampering with records and dereliction of duty. Truckey is currently on a paid administrative leave.

The indictment stated Truckey assaulted two men after they were arrested around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 11.

One of the men arrested, Ed Dirrigl said he was a passenger on his friend’s ATV.  They were coming home from a wedding and his friend was speeding.

“I think they said he was going 80,” Dirrigl said. “I was afraid to jump off. There wasn’t anything I could do. I was a passenger on an ATV. I had no weapons. I don't know what I did to deserve this,”

He said police and a sheriff's deputy attempted to pull them over, but the driver of the ATV would not stop and led officers on a brief chase.

When the ATV driver did stop, Dirrigl said he got on the ground and obeyed orders given to him by a Jefferson Village police officer.

“He told me to put my hands behind my back, I did,” Dirrigl said.  “He then handcuffed me. I was on my knees and he was going to pull me up when the sheriff deputy got out of the car, asked me why we didn’t stop and struck me.”

His  attorney, Paul Cristallo, said his client suffered a concussion, broken nose and eye injuries. Dirrigl said the Jefferson officer treated him very well and told the deputy to “back off.”

Dirrigl was arrested, but his charges have since been dropped.

The driver of the ATV, Eric Platt, was also indicted on several charges, including felonious assault.