Friday, January 19, 2001

Police cruiser hits, injures suspect

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati police are investigating another one of their own officers — this time for a Wednesday incident in which a fleeing suspect was hit by the officer's cruiser.

        Chief Tom Streicher has suspended the police powers of Officer John Haynes, who has been on the force since July 1998.

        Both the Cincinnati Police Division's internal investigations unit and Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen's office are investigating.

        Officer Haynes was involved in arresting Anthony Flagg, 18, after an incident that started at Wood ward High School in Bond Hill about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. Mr. Flagg allegedly ran from the police and school security personnel.

        Officer Haynes, chasing Mr. Flagg in his cruiser, allegedly ran into Mr. Flagg, breaking his leg.

        Mr. Flagg was charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal damaging, and he also had outstanding traffic warrants, according to a memo distributed Thursday afternoon to city officials.

        At least two other officers remain suspended: Robert Jorg and Patrick Caton face criminal charges in the Nov. 7 death of suspect Roger Owensby Jr.


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