Non-existent Black Man Blamed For Crash

An Ohio attorney has been sentenced to 10 days imprisonment for accusing a non-existence black man in a car accident.

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Ohio attorney who blamed a non-existent Black man for a car accident to avoid facing drunken driving charges has been sentenced to 10 days in jail, The Washington Post reports.

Twenty-seven-year-old Heather Wilsey, of Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh), was sentenced in municipal court there after pleading no contest to obstruction of official business and failure to control.

Wilsey, who is white, had told investigators that a Black man she’d met in a bar was driving her car when it crashed into a utility pole in June and he fled. Police found surveillance video showing Wilsey driving away from the bar before the accident.

Wilsey’s attorney didn’t return a call seeking comment.

The sentence was handed down after Heather Wilsey, 27, pleaded no contest Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court to charges of obstructing official business and failure to maintain physical control, which was reduced from driving under the influence as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to The Chronicle.

Visiting Judge John Ridge also fined Wilsey $1,500, although he suspended $250 of the fine and left another 80 days of jail time hanging over her head if she violates the terms of three years of good behavior, which includes a prohibition on drinking alcohol.

Wilsey’s driver’s license also was suspended, although she will retain occupational driving privileges.

Prosecutor Margaret O’Bryon urged Wilsey to apologize for her actions, saying her dishonesty led police “on a wild goose chase” and wasted hours of their time.

I would just like to apologize,” Wilsey said a few moments later. “First to the Elyria Police Department, also to the city of Elyria and its citizens and the legal community.”

Police determined that Wilsey was driving the 2012 Acura that hit a utility pole at East Avenue and Fourth Street about 1:15 a.m. June 9.

When officers arrived, they found Wilsey and fellow attorney Kenneth Lewis of Brunswick walking away. Lewis, 42, told police that a Black man they’d met at the Train Station bar had offered to drive them and fled after the crash.

Wilsey gave a similar version of events and even promised to try to find out the name of the Black man from a friend she claimed knew him.

But when police went to the bar and got surveillance footage, it showed Lewis and Wilsey leaving the bar alone. Wilsey, police said, got into the driver’s seat and drove out of the lot.

The sentence was handed down after Heather Wilsey, 27, pleaded no contest Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court to charges of obstructing official business and failure to maintain physical control, which was reduced from driving under the influence as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Visiting Judge John Ridge also fined Wilsey $1,500, although he suspended $250 of the fine and left another 80 days of jail time hanging over her head if she violates the terms of three years of good behavior, which includes a prohibition on drinking alcohol.

Wilsey’s driver’s license also was suspended, although she will retain occupational driving privileges.

Prosecutor Margaret O’Bryon urged Wilsey to apologize for her actions, saying her dishonesty led police “on a wild goose chase” and wasted hours of their time.

“I would just like to apologize,” Wilsey said a few moments later. “First to the Elyria Police Department, also to the city of Elyria and its citizens and the legal community.”

Police determined that Wilsey was driving the 2012 Acura that hit a utility pole at East Avenue and Fourth Street about 1:15 a.m. June 9.

When officers arrived, they found Wilsey and fellow attorney Kenneth Lewis of Brunswick walking away. Lewis, 42, told police that a black man they’d met at the Train Station bar had offered to drive them and fled after the crash.

Wilsey gave a similar version of events and even promised to try to find out the name of the black man from a friend she claimed knew him.

But when police went to the bar and got surveillance footage, it showed Lewis and Wilsey leaving the bar alone. Wilsey, police said, got into the driver’s seat and drove out of the lot.

Lewis pleaded no contest to obstructing official business in the case and also was ordered to serve 10 days in jail during a court appearance last month.

The pair also faces possible sanctions from the Ohio Supreme Court in the form of an ethics complaint filed by the Lorain County Bar Association that accuses them of dishonesty, racial discrimination and misconduct that adversely affects their ability to practice law.

In our country, Black people are usually seen as culprits by default befitting the prisons that is why such atrocious incidences can occur. The extent to which some white supremacists go to criminalize Blacks is just unimaginable. The most appalling thing here is that the man accusing some innocent African-American seems to be rather well-educated, though he can’t see that reporting a non-existent crime he commits slander. We need a lawyer for a lawyer now.

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