Patrolman claims he didn't hit trucker

| 12/20/2002

A Gary, IN, patrolman accused of physically and verbally abusing a trucker testified earlier this week that he did not commit the offense, the Merrillville Post-Tribune reported Dec. 19.

The case against Patrolman Evin Eakins, accused in an attack on Altoona, PA, truckdriver Gordon Hampton, is being heard before hearing officer Monica Morris of the Gary Police Civil Service Commission.

Hampton was in a parking lot when the incident occurred. He was on his cell phone talking to his dispatcher, who recorded the event. Another officer, whose voice was allegedly heard on the tape, was suspended after admitting he violated civil service rules during the incident.