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Top Harness Driver Faces Charges

June 25, 2004

STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) _ Harness driver Walter Case Jr. faces felonious assault and domestic violence charges for allegedly stabbing his wife at their Streetsboro home.

The 43-year-old driver, second in harness racing history with 11,027 victories, attacked Nadine Case, 26, with a steak knife Tuesday, police said.

Case was arrested and held in the Portage County Jail in Ravenna on a $2 million bond, said Streetsboro Patrolman Andrew Suvada. The driver was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday morning in Portage County Common Pleas Court.

Nadine Case was being treated at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for a collapsed lung, Suvada said.

Suvada said Nadine Case moved out of the couple’s home Sunday, but returned Tuesday to give Case a check to pay for some horses she owns.

Case allegedly came up behind her and punched and kicked her, police said. When Nadine Case ran from the house and fell down across the street, Case punched and kicked her, then stabbed her with a steak knife, Suvada said.

Last year, Case was convicted of disorderly conduct and other charges, records show. He was sentenced to 90 days in a work-release program and underwent treatment for anger management.

Case surrendered his license to race last year after accumulating 178 days of suspensions, most for violating the rule that calls for a driver to keep both feet in the sulky stirrups.

In March, the Ohio State Racing Commission denied his request for reinstatement.

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