Ohio man to use insanity defense in air base security case

Security personnel at WPAFB stop a person who failed to stop at the security gate (WDTN Photo/Mike Burianek).

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of causing two buildings to be evacuated at Ohio’s largest military base after driving through a security gate plans to use an insanity defense.

The Federal Public Defender’s office filed a notice of its plans Wednesday morning, hours before a trial was scheduled to begin in Dayton for Edward Novak. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the bench trial would remain on schedule.

Novak has pleaded not guilty to charges that include trespassing, assault, inducing panic and making false alarms.

Authorities say the unarmed Beavercreek man entered a secure building at Wright-Patterson Air Force base last year after driving past sentries.

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Base officials say the intrusion and building evacuations hindered operations at the sprawling base near Dayton for several hours.

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