CROWN POINT — A trial later this month was canceled for the former Lake County Sheriff's lieutenant charged with hitting a pedestrian with his squad car while intoxicated near the 2016 Gary Air Show.

Michael Woods, a defense attorney for Guy Mikulich, said at a court hearing Thursday the 39-year-old former law enforcement officer was in plea negotiations with the state to resolve charges related to the crash.

He said the discovery process was also ongoing. He asked Judge Clarence Murray to vacate a March 19 trial date and reschedule it for later in the year.

“We should be able to have a non-trial disposition in this case,” Woods said.

Supervisory Prosecutor Michael Toth agreed with Woods. The parties spoke with Murray at the bench for several minutes before Murray agreed to cancel the trial.

He scheduled a discovery conference hearing for March 22. A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 3 and the trial was rescheduled to June 4.

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Mikulich, of Merrillville, is accused of hitting the 34-year-old pedestrian with his police vehicle July 10, 2016, in the 7700 block of Oak Avenue in Gary, according to court records.

Mikulich allegedly fled the scene, but was stopped by a Gary police officer in the 5900 block of Hemlock Avenue. He refused to perform a field sobriety test, but a blood test later showed he had a 0.13 blood-alcohol content. The limit to operate a motor vehicle is 0.08 BAC.

The Lake County Police Merit Board voted to fire Mikulich in August.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.