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Man on suspended license hits car, flees, resists arrest, punches cop in face

Posted at 3:26 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 15:26:07-04

CLEVELAND — A man was arrested after he punched an officer during a stop, according to the Cleveland Police Department.

On Friday, August 9, officers were called to the 11400 block of Buckeye Road to assist the manager of Cash Express in checking the building after an alarm was triggered, police said.

While on the scene waiting for the manager to arrive, officers heard screeching tires and a crash near East 114th Street and Buckeye Road.

Moments later, the manager pulled into the parking lot. Officers learned that the manager's vehicle was struck by a vehicle that drove off, according to police.

Officers spotted the other vehicle involved in the crash and pulled up to speak with the driver. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Deantaie Barnes, was outside of the car, police said.

Barnes then reached inside his vehicle, appearing to reach under the driver’s seat. Seeing this, officers ordered Barnes to get back out of the car and walk over to them, according to police.

Police said Barnes ignored the officers’ orders and began walking away.

Officers attempted to stop Barnes, grabbing him by the wrist. Barnes broke free, and after another struggle, punched one of the officers in the face, police said.

Barnes was able to be pinned against a parked vehicle, but resisted officers as they attempted to arrest him, yelling profanities and challenging the officers to fight him.

A check of Barnes records showed that his license was suspended. He was arrested and charged with driving under suspension, failure to stop after an accident, left of center, failure to control, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer.