Update: Ohio AG to handle reporter arrest case at East Palestine derailment briefing
The News Nation reporter arrested and charged during an East Palestine derailment press conference Wednesday will have the case handled by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, press release stated Friday.
According to an affidavit filed by East Palestine Police Detective Dan Haueter, 34-year-old Evan Lambert was booked into the county jail on charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespass.
Vito Abruzzino, Columbiana County Prosecuting Attorney released this statement on Friday:
As additional information concerning the arrest and charging of Mr. Evan Lambert-McMichael became available, it was readily apparent that the incident involves not only local entities here in Columbiana County, but multiple State of Ohio agencies, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio National Guard.
Given the complex nature of the parties involved, and in coordination with local and state officials, the matter concerning the arrest of Mr. Evan Lambert-McMichael will be forwarded and handled by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General (OAG), Dave Yost, and their Special Prosecutions Division. We will work diligently with the OAG’s Office to ensure they have all necessary information, evidence, and materials required for a prompt review.
Lambert, who is a reporter for News Nation, was reporting live from the back of a school gym while the news conference was going on at the front of the gym.
Claiming that Lambert was being loud, Detective Haueter says two State Troopers and Ohio National Guard General John Harris told the reporter to end his live reporting.
According to Haueter, Lambert and the general began to argue, disrupting the press conference.
Haueter’s affidavit says General Harris claims the reporter came at him and pushed him away.
The document does not make it clear who pushed who.
Detective Haueter further claims that Columbiana County Sheriff Brian McLaughlin, Chief Deputy Jen Tucker, and Lt. Caleb Wycolff told Lambert to leave the gym.
The reporter said he was not leaving, according to the affidavit, which further claims that Lambert was asked to step outside of the gym by a State Trooper and Detective Haueter.
Lambert refused to step outside, according to Haueter who added that the East Palestine School Building and Transport Supervisor told him to leave.
After the reporter again refused to leave, Haueter said Lambert was being arrested for criminal trespass.
According to the affidavit, Lambert tried to pull away and was taken to the ground by Haueter and a deputy before being escorted from the school gym.
Lambert, who was freed on $750 bond, is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Columbiana County Municipal Court on February 23.