Police use force during traffic stop

Sandusky police used force to take a car passenger into custody after he allegedly refused to pull his hand out of his pocket and started pulling away from police during a traffic stop late Thursday night.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 4, 2014

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.



You all complain when cops don't do enough and then you all complain when they seem to do "too much", make up your minds, do you want a police force who is pro-active or just re-active???? Something tells me, you only want to complain...


@JohnDorian12 You sound like the only complainer here. We as people want the police to do there job and do it to the best of there ability. We as people have to be held accountable for our actions, and that also means as a police officer your actions will be held accountable to. If it seems like I'm complaining maybe that might be but as a citizen and a tax payer I want the people responsible held responsible regardless if its the police or not!

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my boy was living over off of kings Ave. I went to pick him up for work and leaving his appt. turn my turn sig. on and at the stop sign turn my wheels right a little pop off turn sig. cop pulled me over at drug mart. He pulled up behind me and another one pull in front of me. Three cops started shining flash lights in my car. told me too step out of my car, and ask if I had guns on me or drugs. Got a turn sig. warning. about 30 years with out a ticket.


didnt he get pulled over not to long ago and had a lb on him?


I agree Mr. Dorian, even people in Huron know the Barnharts are nothing but no good wigger trash!


Slander is an offense, you can be sued. and it is not to hard to find out who you are.


Magiclady, I have never seen an "attorney" be so active and vocal on these posts... You are a moron !! After you look that up in a dictionary to see what that means, come and sue me. You better get to bed and get some rest so you can wake up early and "wurk on yer necst kase "


@huronguy did your parents teach you those words? Or is Huron City Schools still using the word wigger? I also have never heard of any Barnharts in Huron! If you have please explain what they look like or give me a few names of them so I know what to look for!


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@huronguy: I live in Huron and I've never even heard of the name Barnhart ...... so don't include me in on that.


I think this article is trying to downplay a bad situation. Taser a man three times while he's having a seizure their as to be accountability held for the ones in action. If were going to bring up a mans past we must deal with the present of this situation also. Dash cam video?? This man could of died from this situation video please??


I've never been in trouble in my life but I'm here to tell you that Sandusky is a police state. I know of professional and career people that don't have previous records and live in great neighborhoods that get followed "just because." It frightens little old ladies.


This is stunning that people and this web sight is just blowing this under the rug. "police use force" shouldn't the head line read a man gets Taser 3 times by police while having a seizure?? Yes I wont blow this under the rug. this is criminal and not right police or no police!


I think for birthday presents this year I'll buy the whole family Tasers. Someone takes your parking place Taser them. Neighborhood kids cut threw your yard Taser them. Come across someone smelling like alcohol or raw marijuana yep Taser them!!!!!#2014newyearresolution#


Brush it under the rug Sandusky register and the guilty ones on the police force! Its nothing till it happens to you and yours! Than will pick u apart and bash you while we throw it under the rug. Will see how u fell about it than!


And the dash cam says????


I bet the ground was cold and the suspect did not want to get snow on his clothes, that is why he was acting like a crazed dog. and as for the hand in the pocket , gotta keep the girlfriend warm too.

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Actually these so called cops(fascist traitors) found nothing in the car. They cannot then turn their search to the passengers. They chose to search the vehicle found nothing, thus losing any probable cause they had to search the people. If this kid is smart, he will get a lawyer. Sue until these mongoloids are his personal slaves. Snow on a Plate in winter? How many murders this year? How many stabbings and shootings and these useless public servants harass kids over nothing.


Snow on your plate in winter is against the law. Like it or not.


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Everybody wants to share there political opinion and argue whos right or what is wrong! probly the same people that wont even share if there republic or democrat in person.Because they worry about what others think!Lets argue about something we have no control over see they make you believe that but who really sees the numbers and the votes all that shits fixed just like the mob fixed things in the old days and the government fixing things to they want you to believe you make a difference but you don't that is the harsh truth!Instead you need to worry about local things in our community that atleast its a smaller situation and can have some ideal because the way I see it is everythings fucking corrupt. while everyones fighting and pointing fingers the government is doing what they want and fucking everyone inbetween . Its the perfect distraction and we as people are just dumb enough to follow and let them!Pull your blinders up and come together as people we don't need them they need us!!!


Been following this for a couple of days, haven't read a lot of what happens after this mess. So I guess this outstanding citizen is back on the block, with a story to tell about how he beat the system. He can brag about how the cops couldn't hold him and now he is a paragon of virtue to all his friends. Instead of rousting someone for nothing why not spend time on putting this guy away for real?


Yes he really got away with "something" how about getting Tased three times by Sandusky police that at no time had a reason to Tase him. In the first place, you must not been following to close or just closed minded of the situation. And I am not a friend of this person. Just love how the register and the police down play the situation instead of telling the truth. The man was having a seizure would it be different if he died or if it was you? just curious? thankyou for the post. Nexttime follow alittle closer!


lol @beating the system. No tired of the system beating everyone else and people to damn dumb to see the situation. everyone so quick to call the police for what? Sad when we as America cant handle our own problems. Everyone wants to pick up the phone and call the police or kids these days threating the parent that they will call the police I wish mine would id beat them to the cops came. police are suppose to be there if needed in a emergency they are not the first people we should call deal with our problems people! #wedontneedthem# #quitit


Police corruption no matter who the person is or his past the police were wrong and know they were wrong so just keeping this in top storys so you know corruptions everywhere not just Sandusky county!


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So if he would have just got out of the car and done as he was asked, he never would have been "tazed" or had any problems? Right? That IS the question of the day? Right? IF he had cooperated. So there were NO other witnesses to this crime? His buddies haven't told their story to anyone? Noone passing by told their story? I'm sure if his buddies wanted they could have told this awesome story to a news reporter somewhere.