Trial this spring for ex-Lake County cop charged in drunken hit-and-run

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CROWN POINT — Attorneys Thursday affirmed a trial later this spring for the former Lake County sheriff’s lieutenant charged with striking a pedestrian with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show.

Judge Clarence Murray affirmed a June 4 trial date for Guy Mikulich at Thursday’s court hearing after a lengthy discussion with attorneys at the bench. The judge said the parties had resolved issues with discovery, and scheduled a new court hearing for April 25.

Michael Woods, a defense attorney for the former law enforcement officer, said at a court hearing earlier this month the parties were involved in plea negotiations, though no deal was mentioned at Thursday’s hearing.

Paul Stracci, who is also representing Mikulich, said Thursday plea negotiations continued in the case.

Mikulich, 39, of Merrillville, is accused of hitting a 34-year-old pedestrian with his police vehicle July 10, 2016, in the 7700 block of Oak Avenue in Gary.

Mikulich, who had finished work at the air show, allegedly fled the scene after the crash, but was stopped by a Gary police commander in the 5900 block of Hemlock Street.

The lieutenant refused a field sobriety test, but a blood test at the hospital indicated the officer had a 0.13 blood-alcohol content.

The pedestrian was treated for injuries at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus.

Mikulich is charged with two felony counts each of leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as well as several misdemeanors.

Mikulich stated in court filings last year he intended to offer an insanity defense at trial.

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