August 30, 2014

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Man allegedly attacks ranger

ELYRIA — For the second time in two days Friday, Elyria police found themselves chasing someone who had allegedly attacked a law enforcement officer.

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Jeremy Brown, who allegedly assaulted a park ranger in Elywood Park in Elyria, is led to a waiting police car Friday after a foot chase.

Police said a man grabbed for Ranger Daniel Jarven’s gun during a traffic stop in Elywood Park and then escaped in the scuffle.

Jarven stopped a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass at 4:09 p.m. Friday for backing recklessly into heavy traffic. When passenger Jeremy

Brown, 23, of Elyria, provided a fake name to Jarven, he was asked to step out of the car and drop the cell phones he was clutching in each hand, police said.

Brown then made a sudden move to grab Jarven’s left wrist, but the ranger shoved him against the car’s trunk. Brown struggled to break free and reached for Jarven’s holster, according to a police report on the incident.

When Brown’s brother, Joshua Brown, 20, started to exit the car, Jarven released his hold on Jeremy Brown, pushing him away to protect his gun, the report said.

Jeremy Brown took off on foot, scaling fences and rushing through backyards into a steep ravine.

Elyria police officers joined the pursuit and captured him near the 600 block of Washington Avenue, the report said. Officers reported they found a bag containing almost three grams of marijuana on Jeremy Brown when they caught him.

Jeremy Brown was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and obstructing official business.

He also had outstanding warrants for robbery and abduction, the report said.

Joshua Brown also fled, according to the report. He was later found by officers on Ohio Street and charged with obstruction of justice.

Jeremy Brown
Joshua Brown
Tallman

A third passenger, Ashley Tallman, 22, was charged with possession of drugs. According to the report, officers found several brands of prescription muscle relaxants in her purse.

The driver, Samantha Harrington, was issued a minor misdemeanor citation for improper backing and was released at the scene.

Jarven had scratches on his left wrist and a bruise on his right arm, police said.

On Thursday, Willie Leach allegedly punched Elyria police Officer Dan Sumpter during a police sweep of suspected drug dealers.

Leach, 25, fled into the woods but was arrested a short time later near Wilkes Villa.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.