Police: Driver may have struck Ned Peppers on purpose

"The Dayton Strong" sign hangs outside of Ned Peppers Bar on Fifth Street after the Aug. 4, 2019, mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon District. STAFF FILE
"The Dayton Strong" sign hangs outside of Ned Peppers Bar on Fifth Street after the Aug. 4, 2019, mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon District. STAFF FILE

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

A man is in custody after a car he was driving hit the front of Ned Peppers Monday night in Dayton.

Police said there was no structural damage to the bar following the crash reported around 7:45 p.m. at the bar at 419 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District.

A 911 caller said the man was yelling and said he drive the silver 2003 Honda Civic two-door car into the building on purpose, according to a Dayton police incident report and the 911 audio.

The driver, Phillip M. Logan Jr., 34, was taken into custody and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault and vandalism and a misdemeanor assault charge. Formal charges have not been filed.

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Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said witnesses reported the driver was “acting erratically” and that he threw a sidewalk sign, which struck a bystander who suffered a hand laceration.

“The on-scene investigation indicates the driver intentionally struck the front of the business and continued to damage property after exiting his vehicle,” Hall said.

The suspect’s motive and mindset are still under investigation, he said.

“The facts uncovered in the investigation will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of formal charges,” Hall said.

Phillip M Logan Jr.
Phillip M Logan Jr.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

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