Warren man charged with damaging police cruiser

A Warren man has been charged for damaging a police vehicle with his head.

Christopher J. Barr, 37, of Warren, is charged with institutional vandalism, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to City of Warren Police, Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Warren police were serving an arrest warrant on Barr on Thursday.

In the affidavit of probable cause, police said they approached Barr while he was in his car at a business on Pennsylvania Avenue East.

“The defendant was very upset as soon as we made contact with him,” police said. “The defendant was advised that there was an active warrant for his arrest and he disagreed.”

“The defendant, at one point, rolled his window up, locked his doors, and attempted to drive away,” police said.

Police opened one of the rear doors of the vehicle, according to the affidavit. “The defendant unlocked his door and began to exit. Once the defendant was outside the vehicle, he attempted to get back inside after he was again advised he was under arrest.”

Police said they saw Barr remove a syringe from his pants pocket and place it in the vehicle’s center console.

“I grabbed the defendant’s left arm and attempted to get him out of the vehicle,” police said. “The defendant began fighting with officers at this time and was taken to the ground. The defendant was pulling his arms away and it is unknown what he was attempting to grab or do to avoid being arrested.”

“While on the ground, the defendant continue to resist, refusing to put his hands behind his back as being told to do several times,” according to the affidavit. “The defendant did, however, yell several times that he wasn’t resisting.”

“While handcuffing the defendant and before he was picked up off of the ground he struck his head off of the ground,” police said. “The defendant was picked up and walked to the police vehicle where he was searched.”

“While being searched, the defendant lunged forward with his upper body and struck his head off of the hood of the vehicle causing a dent about the size of a baseball,” police said.

Barr was arraigned before District Judge Raymond Zydonik on Tuesday and taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $20,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.


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