Niles man flees from, assaults Niles City Police officer after traffic stop

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- A man was arrested in Niles Sunday by Niles City Police officers pending charges for allegedly resisting officers arrest, driving with a license suspended and operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor.
Shelby Eugene Thompson, 35, 422 N. Fifth St., Niles, was first pulled over for a defunct plate light at 910 Regent St., the police report said.
The police report said the driver got out of the car and allegedly fled on foot.
The attending officer yelled at Thompson and told him to stop before taking pursuit, the police report said.
The police report then said Thompson allegedly tripped and fell on the ground.
While running, the officer yelled several times to Thompson that he was under arrest, the police report said.
As the officer closed in on Thompson, Thompson began to get up.
The officer then allegedly tried to lie on top of Thompson to prevent him from escaping.
The police report said while on top of Thompson, the officer called for back-up.
Thompson allegedly ignored commands and tried to flip the officer over, which he managed to do.
The police report said the officer held his hands on his gun to prevent Thompson from getting access to it.
Thompson then let go and allegedly fled once again.
The officer eventually caught up with Thompson at a parking lot on Eighth Street.
Thompson allegedly still didn't want to stop and before trying to escape, hit the officer in the face with a closed fist, the police report said.
The police officer allegedly felt blood coming from his nose immediately after he had been hit.
Thompson then continued north bound on the east side of Ferry Street, the police report said.
The police report said a second officer who had been called to the incident by dispatch, was able to block Thompson's way in front of 321 N. Eight St.
The two officers allegedly struggled with Thompson, but were finally able to handcuff him.
The police report said the officers allegedly had to use physical force to put Thompson in the patrol car.
Having put Thompson in the patrol car, one of the officers went back and searched his car and allegedly found three open beer bottles, the police report said.
The police report said Thompson was uncooperative at Niles Police Department and allegedly wouldn't answer any questions.
Thompson allegedly also would not submit to a breath test, and a blood warrant was obtained to draw Thompson's blood, the police report said.
The officer Thompson hit in the face allegedly sustained a fractured nose. His right eye was also swollen and bruised. His right wrist and both knees werescraped and his right shoulder injured.
In other recent police reports:
Mindy Marie Lawrence, 25, 1070 Leet Road, Niles, was arrested after an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle at South Third Street north of Fourth Street for speeding.
The police report said the officer saw Lawrence in the passenger seat of the car, and could allegedly recognize her from previous encounters.
The officer asked Mindy to step out of the vehicle, the police report said.
Lawrence allegedly had several items in her hand as she stepped out.
The officer then asked Lawrence to leave the items in the car, which she allegedly did not do, the police report said.
The police report said Lawrence then, with the items still in her hand, allegedly hid her right hand behind her back.
The officer could allegedly see a white-ish, rock-like substance in a clear plastice bag that he believed to be crack cocaine, the police report said.
The police report said the officer then allegedly told Lawrence several times to show him what she had in her hand.
She allegedly refused to do so, the police report said.
The officer then grabbed Lawrence's wrist and was able to take a closer look at what she had in her hand.
Lawrence allegedly threw the bag on the ground, the police report said.
Lawrence also allegedly tried to pull away from the officer.
The officer subsequently arrested Lawrence and handcuffed her, the police report said.
Lawrence was transported to the Niles Police Department where she was booked and lodged.

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