Judge denies bail for suspect in attack on police.
Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard
A judge on Tuesday swiftly rejected a request to reduce bail for a man charged with trying to kill three Springfield police officers in November.
An attorney for Iosif Fomich Ivanov, 38, of Woodburn asked that his client's bail be cut in half, from $1.4 million to $700,000.
The lawyer, Larry Roloff of Eugene, told Lane County Circuit Judge Charles Zennach that Ivanov - were he able to come up with $70,000 to secure his release from the Lane County Jail - would enter a drug treatment program, go to work and get medical treatment for injuries he suffered in a Nov. 13 incident that led to his arrest. To be released on bail, 10 percent of the bail amount must be provided.
Zennach denied the request. He cited Ivanov's criminal history, which he said includes a number of probation violations and a history of eluding police.
"I see no basis to reduce the amount," the judge said.
Prosecutor Chris Parosa urged Zennach to keep Ivanov in jail on $1.4 million security, arguing that the Woodburn man's jail release would represent a public safety threat.
A grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Ivanov in November. It charges him with three counts of attempted aggravated murder and names three Springfield police officers as victims.
Ivanov faces additional charges of first-degree burglary; unlawful delivery of methamphetamine; felon in possession of a firearm; unauthorized use of a vehicle; attempting to elude police; and assaulting a law enforcement animal.
Police said the Nov. 13 incident began when a couple who live near Coburg and Harlow roads in north Eugene reported that their Cadillac Escalade had been stolen from their garage. Police later spotted the vehicle in Springfield and tried to stop it, but the driver led officers on a chase that ended in Coburg.
After driving to a dead-end street, Ivanov allegedly rammed patrol cars, refused police commands and ran from the stolen vehicle while armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Police said Ivanov pointed the gun at officers as a police dog bit him in the wrist, breaking a bone.
Ivanov allegedly beat the dog and fought with officers before being taken into custody. Police said one officer suffered a fractured finger while a second had a similar injury from fighting with Ivanov.
Ivanov's trial is scheduled to begin April 17.