Man arrested after running over Akron policeman

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AKRON, Ohio – A man was arrested after he allegedly ran into an Akron cop during a physical fight at an auto repair shop in Akron on Saturday.

An officer responded at around 12:05 am to arrest a man, later identified as James Workman, 47, who was allegedly under a vehicle, tampering with it, at D&K Auto Repair located in the 1200 block of East Archwoood Avenue.

Police said there was a woman, later identified as a protected party on a protection order, with Workman at the repair shop.

When the officer, identified as a 3-year veteran of the Akron Police Department, first approached Workman, a fight ensued.

Workman jumped into his vehicle, a Jeep Patriot, and sped back, knocking the officer down. Workman continued to accelerate backwards and ran over the officer’s legs, police said.

The injured officer was transported with minor injuries to hospital, where he was released hours later and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the department.

Workman fled after allegedly hitting the officer. Other officers responded and pursued Workman, in which case he jumped from the moving vehicle in the area of ​​East Wilbeth Road and Hammel Street and fled on foot.

He was arrested minutes later in the 600 block of East Wilbeth Road. The worker was slightly injured. He was held in Summit County Jail after being treated at a nearby hospital.

Workman is charged with felony assault, disobeying a police officer’s order or signal, obstructing official business and violating a protective order, police said.

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