LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested after police were told he hit another man’s vehicle with a baseball bat and then spit on a 13-year-old girl.
Police were sent to Georgia Avenue and E Street at 9:59 p.m. Monday when Richard Barlow reported that a man broke off his truck’s mirror with a baseball bat, spit on his daughter and then drove away in a blue Chevy Malibu.
Police later located the man, identified as Thomas Broadus III, 39, of the 300 block of Georgia Avenue, driving on Georgia Avenue. Police said Broadus stopped his car for police but jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the backyard of a home.
According to a police report, officers forced Broadus to the ground by gunpoint and put him under arrest.
Broadus told police Barlow and his daughter were attacking him, and he had to spit at the girl to defend himself. He added that the argument started when he confronted Barlow for yelling at him to slow down in his vehicle.
Police said Broadus smelled of alcohol and an empty bottle of Natural Ice beer was found in his car. Police said Broadus had an outstanding warrant for operating a vehicle intoxicated and was found to be driving under several suspensions.
Broadus was charged with criminal damage, assault, obstructing official business, open container, driving under suspension and driving while under the influence.
Police said Broadus submitted a breath test and his blood-alcohol content was 0.183, more than twice the legel limit, at the time of his arrest.
He was taken to the Lorain City Jail, and a gray Louisville Slugger bat found in his car was taken as evidence.