Church Leaders Accused Of Assault In Parking Lot Altercation

| May 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two church leaders, a father and son, face criminal charges after police say a parking lot dispute turned violent.

Pastor Bennett Smith leads The Church at Polaris. His son Paul Smith is an associate pastor there.
The Church at Polaris sits on Gemini Place, right across the street from Polaris Fashion Place.

Church staffers say the heavy traffic that plagues the area has led nearby residents to use the church parking lot as a cut-through — a conflict that police say caused the pastor and his son to forget their teachings and turn to violence.

Online videos of Pastor Bennett Smith show him making light of the ongoing traffic troubles in his church parking lot.

"We put all those curbs in, right? We paid a lot of money,” said Pastor Bennett Smith. “And I've been waiting for someone to just run over that at full speed, but it hasn't happened yet, so I was a little disappointed."

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