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Police use force during traffic stop

Sandusky Register Staff • Jan 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Barnhart, 32, 500 block W. Madison St., was one of two passengers in a vehicle when police stopped the car for a license plate covered with snow at about 11 p.m., according to a police report.

The driver allowed police to search the vehicle, then asked Barnhart to step out of the car.

An officer started to pat him down for weapons and noticed he smelled of raw marijuana, the report said.

At first, Barnhart placed his hand on the vehicle, but then placed his right hand in his coat pocket, refused to take it out and started to pull away from police, the report said.

Officers then used force to place him into handcuffs and charged him with obstructing and resisting arrest.

Barnhart told police he didn’t know what was going on and that he had had a seizure, according to the report.

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