Wanted man charged with attacking MC cop

August 27, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY – A La Porte man wanted on a domestic battery and neglect warrant is being held without bond after allegedly beating and kicking a police officer who was questioning him Wednesday near the Michigan City Police Department.

Darrell Cash Jr. is charged with felony battery to a safety officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department. He is also being held on the original warrants charging: Misdemeanor domestic battery and felony neglect of a dependent.

Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, two Michigan City Police officers were talking outside the station when a silver Nissan turned off Michigan Boulevard into the alley that serves as the entrance to the department, then drove over the grassy median, according to a police report.

The car then stopped quickly and the driver jumped out and started running away. Fearing the vehicle may have struck a child in the area, police drove to catch up to the driver, who was seen walking with a woman, the report said.

Asked for an ID, he said he had none but gave a false name and birthdate, police said. He seemed nervous and preoccupied, and when the officer checked his wallet and found an ID identifying him as Cash, the suspect started grabbing at the wallet and the officer’s arms.

The officer attempted to handcuff him and he started to fight, eventually breaking free and running back toward the car. The officer “jumped” at him and “tackled him to the ground by grabbing his waist,” the report said, but was “kicked in the left side of the face and head” about three times until the offender broke away.

Other officers pursued as the officer who was kicked started suffering a headache. The report said officers “could see footprints” on the officer’s forehead and the side of his head. They later faded and he did not seek medical attention.

Minutes later, a K9 officer spotted Cash running south without a shirt and yelled out that he would release the dog. Cash kept running, and because of a lot of people in the area around Cloud and Cleveland, the dog was not released.

The officer chased Cash down an alley and through yards in the 500 block of Cleveland, where he was running and jumping fences. He finally stopped when the officer threatened to use a Taser.

Cash remains in the La Porte County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 4 on the felony battery charge and Sept. 5 on the outstanding warrants.

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