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Ridge man arraigned on police officer assault

YOUNGSTOWN — John W. Young Jr., 31, of East Countyline Road in Mineral Ridge, was arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court on assault on a police officer, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

He was later released on a personal recognizance bond, meaning he did not have to pay anything.

The charges were filed after a 3:51 a.m. incident Saturday in the parking lot of Rod’s Tavern, 3226 Loveland Ave. on the South Side, in which police said Young slapped an officer’s hand while becoming aggressive with the officer.

Officers were called there for a car crash and found the vehicle with heavy front-end damage and airbags deployed in the parking lot, a police report states.

The vehicle had struck a sign in front of the business, and the sign was laying next to the vehicle, according to a police report.

Officers tried to speak with the driver, Young, who was sleeping in the driver’s seat. When the officer asked him to exit the vehicle, Young became “irate and started to yell.” He eventually exited and was placed in a police cruiser. Another man in the vehicle also was detained. Both refused medical attention, the report states.

They said a woman was driving the car but had left. The passenger got a ride and left. The car was searched, and a tow truck was called, and the vehicle was about to be towed when Young returned and tried to get money from under the seat, but an officer told him the car already had been inventoried and Young could not re-enter it, the report states.

Young approached the officer in an aggressive manner and walked close to the officer, causing the officer to put his hand on Young’s chest tell him to step back. But Young slapped the officer’s hand. The officer took Young to the ground and arrested him after a scuffle that included Young trying to get away multiple times, the report states.

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