A Munhall grandfather who was driving a minivan that injured a police detective was acquitted today on charges of assaulting a federally deputized officer.
Kim Winwood, 61, argued that he didn't notice the officer, didn't know there was a drug raid going on and cooperated with police as soon as he knew what was happening.
A 12-person jury acquitted him following a three-day trial and short deliberation.
Mr. Winwood was at the wheel of a minivan during a March 14 drug bust, according to the indictment and affidavit.
Munhall Detective James Caterino, who was deputized to the FBI at the time, pulled up to a Marigold Street house looking for another person, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit alleged that as the officer approached the minivan, it lurched into motion and "accelerated at a high rate of speed." The detective's hand was injured when it was caught in the window.
Mr. Winwood was represented by assistant federal public defender Akin Adepoju.
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