Jury seated in trial of Ottawa Hills police officer

Officer Thomas White is accused of shooting a motorcyclist in May of 2009.

A jury has been seated in the criminal case against an Ottawa Hills police officer accused of shooting an unarmed suspect during a traffic stop.

Officer Thomas White is accused of shooting motorcyclist Mike McCloskey in Ottawa Hills back in May of 2009. He is being tried for one count of felonious assault with a gun specification. McCloskey, 25, of Maumee, was shot in the back and suffered severe injuries after he was stopped near Indian Road and Central Avenue by Officer White and another Ottawa Hills policeman.

The trial got underway Monday morning in a Lucas County courtroom.

White has pleaded not guilty in the incident which left McCloskey paralyzed. The biker suffered severe burns from the motorcycle which fell on top of him. A civil suit filed against the village of Ottawa Hills by McCloskey claims that he could lose his leg as a result of those burns, which happened when officers refused to remove the bike from on top of him.

If convicted on the criminal charges, White faces up to 11 years behind bars.