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During traffic stop police detain protection order violation suspect Saturday

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JULY 10: Members of the Bloomington Police Department work at the scene or a traffic stop near the intersection of Lindberg and W. 17th Street, Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Bloomington, Ind. The man who ran a stop sign was detained because the police already had probable cause after he allegedly violated a protection order earlier that day. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

The Bloomington Police Department arrested a man during a traffic stop Saturday for violating a protection order earlier in the day, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said Monday. Before being pulled over, the 37-year-old man failed to yield to a stop sign near the intersection of 14th and Monroe, committing a traffic infraction. He was stopped near W. 17th and Lindberg.

Earlier in the day a woman reported hearing a loud noise that woke her from sleep around 2:25 a.m., said Pedigo. The woman discovered her back door frame broken after a man she’d filed a protection order against had kicked in the door. The woman saw the man running away from her residence.

Police stopped the man later in the day approximately 3:58 p.m. for the traffic infraction. BPD had probable cause to detain the suspect, due to the alleged violation of the protection order earlier that morning.

During the traffic stop a member of the police department asked the man for his license and registration, but once they realized that they had probable cause to detain him, they asked him to take the keys out of the ignition and step out of the vehicle, said Pedigo. Instead, the man refused to exit, and began to scream. The police officer attempted to open the vehicle’s driver side door, but it was locked. Officers then placed a tire deflation device in front of the vehicle as a precaution. An officer could be heard in radio traffic calling for assistance from other members of the police department.

When officers began to discuss breaking the window to remove the driver to take him into custody, the driver exited the vehicle, and was placed into handcuffs. Officers had already asked the man multiple times to unlock the door.

By this time a small crowd gathered, and some began to yell at the police.

The police officer noted in the report that while taking the detained man to jail, that the police car had to be stopped three times because the detained man was wrapping the seat belt around his neck.

The man is facing misdemeanors, including 2 counts of invasion of privacy, 1 count of criminal mischief, and 1 count of resisting law enforcement.

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