Woman who pepper-sprayed city officers faces charges

YOUNGSTOWN — Two city police officers received minor injuries when they were hit by pepper spray while trying to remove several women from a downtown bar today.

Police charged Ontaria Dawkins, 25, of Arthur Drive NW in Warren, who allegedly sprayed the officers, with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police said while escorting several women out of the Circle Hookah and Bar, 116 W. Federal St., about 1:15 a.m. today, Dawkins quickly walked toward an unidentified woman and sprayed pepper spray in her face.

Officers grabbed Dawkins’ arm and ordered her to stop, but she continued to spray the woman, according to a police report. While that was happening, police officers Ryan Curry and Matthew Hassey were exposed to the spray and received minor injuries, the report states.

Police were able to get Dawkins on the ground as she pulled away before she finally cooperated, the report states.

The woman who was sprayed left the scene before police could talk to her, the report states.

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