NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Police said a Warren man tried to hit a couple in the parking lot of Circle K in Newton Falls before driving off and shouting racial slurs through the neighborhood.
Police were called to the store around 7:45 p.m. Monday.
Witnesses said the vehicle involved was a white Ford Thunderbird with black lettering on the doors reading “Newton Jesus.” They said a man with a mohawk was driving and left yelling racial slurs at people as he drove by, according to a police report.
Police said they learned that the suspect was 27-year-old Derick Frederick, of Warren. Police said he tried to hit his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, who was on a bike.
Police received reports that Frederick threatened to kill the victim and hit the front wheel of the bike, nearly hitting the 19-year-old victim’s foot.
Officers pulled Frederick over in the 400 block of South Canal St. Police said he refused to obey commands, so an officer had to break out a window of his car with a baton. The officer then pulled him out of a window and hit him with pepper spray, according to the report.
Police said Frederick had a 2×4 piece of wood, a pocket knife and can of tear gas in his vehicle.
He’s charged with vehicular assault, failure to comply and resisting arrest.