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Akron man charged with assaulting police officer during pursuit

Posted at 8:17 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 10:33:27-05

AKRON OHIO — A 39-year-old Akron man, who allegedly struck an officer’s vehicle while fleeing a traffic stop, has been arrested, according to a release from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Criss, 39, of Akron, had active felony arrest warrants for carrying a concealed weapon and trafficking in drugs and having a weapon under disability.

On Wednesday, authorities from the Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Criss during a traffic stop, when he fled and struck a civilian vehicle.

After the crash, authorities were unable to locate him.

A short time later, he was found sitting in his car on Sevilla Avenue in Akron. Officers attempted to stop Criss in his vehicle when he intentionally struck a task force officer’s vehicle, according to police.

During a pursuit, Criss struck a utility pole at the intersection of Cordelia and Weiser avenues in Akron.

He was arrested at the crash scene and evaluated for his injuries.

Criss was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order/signal of a police officer. Two officers were injured during the incident. Both officers were treated and released at the Akron General Medical Center.