Man arrested for assaulting Hermitage police officer - WKRN News 2

Man arrested for assaulting Hermitage police officer

Posted: Updated: April 4, 2013 11:39 AM

A 37-year-old man has been taken into police custody after an officer was injured during a foot pursuit late Wednesday night.

Jairo Santos was arrested at his home located in the 2900 block of Mossdale Drive just after 3:30 a.m. after he was found hiding in the attic.

Santos was wanted by police following an incident with an officer earlier in the night.

According to authorities, Officer Garrett Blunier initiated a stop after he saw Santos run a stop sign at the intersection of Owendale and Mossdale drives earlier in the night.

Santos stepped out of his vehicle as the officer requested before he fled the scene on foot.

A short foot pursuit began. During the chase, Blunier caught Santos at one point, however the man was able to break free and continue running.

Blunier suffered injuries to his head and face, which may have resulted from hitting a tree limb in the darkness.

Authorities reported he lost consciousness for a brief period before fellow officers came to his aid.

Blunier was transported to Summit Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

While Blunier was engaged with Santos, two of the three other occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.

The third, a female juvenile, was standing outside the vehicle when a backup officer arrived.

The minor was detained. A short time later a second female juvenile was found hiding in the backyard of a nearby home.

The two girls helped identify Santos.

He is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

Officer Blunier, 26, graduated from the police academy in February 2011.

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