At his 9 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing today, Domonique Smith pleaded not guilty to obstruction of a police officer, loitering and trying to obtain a police officer's weapon.
Columbus Police Officer Chad Haynes testified that the 22-year-old man committed all three of those crimes early Saturday morning.
Haynes said he was driving on Veterans Parkway at 3:45 a.m. during a rainstorm when he observed a man standing in the middle of the road.
The officer was just north of Eighth Street when Haynes saw the suspect — a shirtless man with a handkerchief covering the bottom of his face, a baseball cap pulled low and khaki pants.
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Haynes moved into the center lane to avoid hitting the man, then pulled over his car and approached. He asked what the man was doing. The officer then grabbed the suspect, who was later identified as Smith, by the arm when the man tried to bite him, Haynes said.
Smith took off running and Haynes pursued.
The officer pulled his Taser and used it on Smith who fell, got up and pointed at Haynes with a closed fist as if he had something in his hand, Haynes testified.
Haynes pulled his gun and told the man to get on the ground, but instead Smith began to run. The officer chased him to Seventh Street, where he tackled the suspect and they began to wrestle.
While fighting, the man tried to grab Haynes’ gun from its holster, Haynes said.
"He was messing with my weapon with his left hand," Haynes said in court.
Haynes twisted the suspect's hand, forcing it away from his holster. The man was then subdued and taken into custody.
Smith was charged with attempted removal of a weapon from a public official, obstruction of an officer and loitering. He was assessed a $5,000 bond for the obstruction charge, a $5,000 bond for attempting to remove of a weapon from a public official and 30 days confinement for loitering. His case was then bound over to Superior Court.