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Sherwood Police Say Man Assaulted Officer During Traffic ArrestSalem-News.com
Police say an officer wanted to cite a man for not wearing a seatbelt, but he resisted arrest and is in jail on 25k bail.
(SHERWOOD, Ore.) - Sherwood Police say a traffic stop led to a confrontation with an unruly passenger today, who kicked one of the police officers in the groin when they finally removed him from the vehicle.
Capt. Mark Daniel with Sherwood Police, says an officer stopped the car at 2:19 p.m. on SW Pacific Highway at SW Chapman Road because the passenger, 37-year old Justin Taylor, wasn't wearing a safety bely.
Daniel says the matter is considered a minor traffic infraction.
"The officer made contact with the driver and explained the reason for the stop and then spoke with the passenger Mr. Taylor and asked him for identification to issue him a citation."
He says Taylor refused to comply with the officer's request, telling the officer he was not going to present his identification and was not going to cooperate, indicating he had done nothing wrong.
"Mr. Taylor remarked that it was not even a law. Other officers responded to assist, including a sergeant, who explained the citation and process and legal requirements to Mr. Taylor who was still refusing to comply, even after he was told that they intended to issue him a citation."
Daniel says officers again asked the Mr. Taylor to comply, under threat of arrest, and he still refused.
"Mr. Taylor then began to roll up the window, and hold the passenger door lock down, while officers continued to ask him to comply. At one point the driver of the car even told Mr. Taylor to comply with the officer's requests."
The police physically removed Taylor from the car, but Daniel says he physically resisted arrest in the process,
"As he was being removed from the car he kicked one of the police officers in the groin. Mr. Taylor continued to fight but was very quickly subdued by three police officers without further incident."
Daniel told Salem-News.com that while they were prepared to, they did not use their Taser devices while subduing this adult suspect.
Officers called for medical personnel to respond and had Justin Taylor checked by paramedics. He was then transported to the Washington County Jail, charged with Interfering with a Police Officer, for which bail is $5000, and Assault on a Public Safety Officer, which has bail set at $20,000.
Capt. Mark Daniel said Taylor was also cited for the original offense of Failing to Wear a Seatbelt.
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