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Assault charged

Assault charged

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 1:17 pm

The Messenger, May 25, 2012

A Kenton man was accused of assaulting Union City police officers when he was being arrested for driving under the influence and other alleged offenses early today.
James Kendrick Hardin, 19, of 4583 Old Turnpike Road was arrested at 3:37 a.m. today in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Union City and charged with DUI, possession/consumption of alcohol, resisting arrest, violation of implied consent and two counts of assault on a police officer, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Police officers had discovered a man and a woman passed out in a vehicle, which was still running with the passenger door open, parked in the middle of the 500 block of North Sixth Street. The man was in the driver’s seat, police reported.
Officers said they attempted to wake the driver, later identified as Hardin, and he eventually awoke and refused to exit the vehicle. The officers attempted to remove him from the vehicle, but he allegedly resisted and grabbed the steering wheel. An officer used a “drive stun” from a taser and Hardin released his grip and, when the cycle ended, allegedly came out of the car and after the officer. Police reported Hardin had his fists clenched and was attempting to get to the officer in an apparent attempt to physically assault him.
According to the report, police grabbed Hardin, but he was still able to charge at the officer. The officer deployed a taser, striking Hardin in the chest and abdomen with probes. The action stopped Hardin and he was handcuffed, after which time he allegedly kicked an officer twice.
Police said Hardin was advised of the implied consent law at the jail and allegedly would never indicate whether he would take the test.

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