CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The 42-year-old man charged with hitting two Cleveland cops while trying to escape from a McDonald’s parking lot pleaded not guilty on Wednesday morning.
He faces $ 100,000 bail and his trial is scheduled to begin September 2.
Shannon Wayne Halstead has been charged with criminal assault, disrespect, obstructing official business, trafficking, drug possession, possession of criminal tolls and improper handling of firearms in a vehicle.
The incident happened on August 10 at McDonald’s at 5610 Memphis Avenue.
Officers were reported by the director of McDonald’s for an unconscious man in a car.
Officers, along with EMS, approached the moving vehicle and attempted to speak to the man, later identified as Halstead. The suspect woke up, started the car, and began to move forward and backward. The officers ordered him to stop. Halstead then struck two police officers with the vehicle and fled, the statement said.
Halstead was arrested in the area of W. 66th Street and Denison Avenue following a chase. Witnesses told 19 News the man raced down Denison Avenue, crashing into a man’s truck before being wrecked.
A third policeman was injured during the arrest.
Police at the scene told 19 News that two loaded guns and heroin were recovered from the vehicle. The incident is still under investigation.
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