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.



ok then..

Darwin's choice

"for a license plate covered with snow"

Serious crime there.......


So the police shouldn't use every trick they can to get a piece of dirt like any of the barnharts? Are you insane? Shows how little you think

Darwin's choice

Not nearly as insane as you are stupid.

pigeon farmer

Remember you see a Barnhart almost everyday.


This is wrong in so many ways. Somebody needs to explain to the SPD that this is not Afghanistan.

For a snow covered license plate? Nearly every car that was outdoors had a snow covered license plate.

The smell of raw marijuana? But none was found? Is more training needed? or should they just quit lying?

What was in the kid's pocket? Nothing but his hand?

So now this kid has a record for a trumped up no good reason.

Why to go SPD.


Check the courts this "kid" already has an extensive record there genius....they use minor traffic violations to catch bigger fish, I'm sure they knew it was Barnhart, you're an idiot

Darwin's choice

So, how long has your wife been running around on you with them?


what record driving charges or misdermeanor charges he don't have stealing or robbery or murder charges...


he does have seizers there genius. he got tazer 3 times by 3 different cops lets get the truth out there and all of spd knows this kid has seizers also so they could of killed him by tazing him while having a seizer. and no they didn't find any drugs on him and he should of never been asked to get out of car if there was no wearrent for him this is called harassment...and yeas im a lawyer goiong to help sue the police they took it to far


You are a lawyer, who can not spell SEIZURE or WARRANT?


Sorry been up all night reviewing my case and was half asleep.
For ppl calling the Barnharts low wigger trash, that is consider slander and you can be sued for that also...


magiclady, Quit it please and thankyou!

There you go again

Liars like you don't belong here. "Seizers", "yeas", "wearrent" and no punctuation? Where did you go to "law skool?"


Was wondering the same thing!! LOL!!! The attorney I worked for may have had really bad hand writing but knew how to spell


Mr. Barnhart has two different types of seizures, and the police dept. knows this. There is plenty of medical records to prove it.
He was already searched before he stuck his hands in his pockets. He was already lying on the ground ,so he did not need to be teased.

Seen it All

Oh goodness, the cops were teasing him too!?! Buhaha, If your a lawyer, I am a brain surgeon! :)


I believe you are not getting the point of this situation if this was your father or child you would be in outraged. The police dropped the ball here and need to be held accountable for there actions plain and simple!


Maybe I'm expecting too much out of humanity, but something tells me if you've been Tasered three times by three different cops, you're generally not a trustworthy person. If he was so concerned about having a seizure and being Tased, maybe he shouldn't commit crimes or become uncooperative with authorities.

Also, the police can ask you to do anything if they have probable cause (suspicion). You don't have to agree with it, and you're allowed to ask "Officer, respectfully, do I have to step out of the car/answer questions?". In most cases, you do not have to comply with an officer's wishes, and it is not an admission of guilt. Yes, you have to show your hands to prove you do not have a weapon (suspicion). No, you do not have to answer questions or get out of your car. Officers are trained to be intimidating and make you believe you have to do whatever they say, but unless you are being arrested or are showing probable cause (not showing hands), you don't have to comply.

But oh, I forgot, you're a "lawyer", so you already knew all of that! Have fun "defending" your client, as he basically got himself into trouble.

Also: Like it or not, having a license plate covered by snow is illegal. Save yourself a traffic stop and a pricey ticket by taking an extra 10 seconds to dust off license plates, tail lights, head lights, and brake lights when it's been snowing. Common sense.


He started to have his seizure after he was searched. Therefore they knew he didn't have anything on him. The police claim he was resisting arrest cause he wouldn't comply well he couldn't he on the ground having a medical problem and than the police never took Barnhart to the hospital. There was pictures taken at the police department and by the lay firm.


@kasey We see you like to gab well here is a few things you should know for your next paragraph. I didn't know every diabetic or a person with medical seizure has to walk around worrying about getting Tased by the people of power "police". Second I believe he was in the backseat of the vehicle so its not his job to clean a licence plate that three quarters of Ohio had covered. Third he had no warrents because they ran his name so why did they make him step out the car? Forth thing you 'police' didn't smell raw marijuana when he first pulled them over but smelled it outside on him when he got out of the car hmmmmmm. Three police officers outside the car bullying him and after they search him and find nothing, the three set there and question him again bullying him O and when he starts to have a seizure all three police Taser him in the middle of the road in front of two passengers. Than while they know there wrong and people r freaking out the 'police' ask them why are you with Mr Barnhart he is trouble. Don't get him 'Mr barnhart' no medical attention but take him to jail. Where another officer hurrys up and lets him out why??? I'll tell you why because that officer knew that the three fellow officers involved were in the wrong!! They need to be held accountable!! I believe the register needs to get to the bottom of this to because 'alittle force' is a understatement. When they Tased this man three times by three different officers! Thank you, now you can rant about something and actually have a clue about what your talking about and about this article!


Magiclady, your post must have really shaken up the whole Police department! When I stopped in there this morning to drop off coffee and donuts to them, they were all talking about getting sued! They are terrified! They even called in Don Icsman, on a Sunday, so they can start making up their defense. You have them shaking in their boots!

Please contact me in private, I am looking for a good, tough as nails lawyer, for my tenth DUI, I need someone like you on my side!

Go get 'em magic, you're awesome! Sandusky needs more lawyers like you!


Badge or not , when your wrong your wrong.


No need for a warrant to have a driver or passenger exit a vehicle and by no means is this harassment. If you are really an attorney, I feel terribly sad for your clients.

Pennsylvania vs. Mimms (1977) would definitely ring a bell, if you were actually an attorney, with having a driver exit the vehicle during a traffic stop. Or, Maryland vs. Wilson (1997) of having passengers exit the vehicle during a traffic stop.


If they pulled him over because they knew who he was they targeted him, That makes it worse.

pigeon farmer

That is a common lie most police forces use. It is an excuse to search. The police have no repercussions if thet are wrong / lying. The dogs are less than 27% accurate yet it will hold up in court 100% of the time. I wish the police departments would start bringing the dogs to search every commissioner meeting. The state patrol should seach the Ohio General Assembly before and during every session.


Please back up your claim that police dogs are less then 27% accurate.


@Kilroy ^^^^+1


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!

4-wheeler al

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.


@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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Julie R.

@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!


^^^^^ x1000!


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.