Crash re-constructionist takes stand in murder case

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - On day five of the Marcus Isreal trial, an Ohio State Patrol officer who re-constructed the crash that took the life of Sgt. Brian Dulle was on the stand more than four hours. He testified that Sgt. Dulle didn't have enough time to react, to get out of the way of the car driven by 23-year-old Marcus Isreal.

"This driver is still foot on the gas as he moves forward, despite a significant appearance of flashing lights up ahead," said Sgt. Charles Scales.

During Scales' testimony, the prosecution asked Scales to explain the use of stop sticks, the device Sgt. Dulle was deploying when killed. Scales also testified Isreal reached a speed of 126 mph during the pursuit and the car was traveling 65 mph when it struck and killed Sgt. Dulle.

"There was a very small amount of time available to move," said Scales.

The defense team questioned scales, stating there is no evidence Isreal ever attempted to use his car as a weapon, intentionally striking officers.

"He is trying to escape, he is going another route, he is trying to get away from the police around him," said Clyde Bennett, Isreal's attorney.

Scales said during the 18-mile pursuit of Isreal, more than 400 driveways were passed and more than 40 intersections were crossed.

The Montgomery County Coroner also took the stand reviewing the injuries sustained by Sgt. Dulle. The coroner determined multiple blunt force injuries caused Sgt. Dulle's death and the manner of death to be homicide.

The trial resumes Monday morning at the Warren County Courthouse at 9 a.m.