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February 18, 2014

Unruly motorist gives Clarksville police fits

Driver fights officers, struck by Taser

CLARKSVILLE — An unruly motorist caused Clarksvillle police fits early Sunday morning.

A traffic stop resulted in an officer throwing a flashlight at a vehicle, punching in the vehicle’s window, firing a Taser gun at the driver then placing the man in a spit mask after an arrest was made.

The incident at 4 a.m. resulted in the arrest of Robert N. Kirk, 40, Xenia, Ind., who was issued seven preliminary charges during the episode.

According to the police report, a Clarksville police officer was speaking with a female driver during a routine traffic stop along Eastern Boulevard near Interstate 65.

The officer reported while talking with the woman, “ ... a gray Volkswagen recklessly drove around me, pulling into oncoming traffic driving dangerously close to me.”

The Volkswagen, driven by Kirk, then came to a stop at a red light, directly in front of where the officer ha traffic stopped.

The officer reported he then began approaching the Volkswagen and turned his flashlight onto strobe mode and shouted to the Kirk to stop. When the vehicle began to drive into the intersection, the officer quickened his pace and reached the driver’s side window, adding in the report that Kirk looked at him before he continued to drive through the green light.

The officer noted that Kirk drove “dangerously close to me, again” as he made his way onto U.S. 31 toward Louisville.

“Out of reaction to Kirk’s vehicle driving dangerously close to me, I threw my flashlight at his vehicle in an effort to keep him away from me and to stop the vehicle again,” according to the report.

The officer then returned to his vehicle and began a pursuit of Kirk’s vehicle. He reported Kirk drove recklessly at a high rate of speed through a work zone along U.S. 31 during the chase.

He caught up with the Volkswagen as Kirk turned onto Stansifer Avenue, where he failed to stop at a red light, according to the report.

Kirk slowed his vehicle after making a reckless turn onto Marriot Drive, the officer reported.

Before coming to a complete stop, the officer noted in the report that the Volkswagen almost struck his police vehicle twice.

Several police officers were on the scene, at this point, and they yelled for Kirk to exit the vehicle, but he did not comply, according to the report.

He was seen locking his door “on purpose and grip his steering wheel, possibly in an attempt to continue driving either into my squad car or around my unit,” according to the report. “Being that his window was damaged from my flashlight ... I punched through the window in an effort to unlock the door, however, was unable to reach it.”

The officer reported that as Kirk continued to ignore the orders of officers, and another officer “ ... kicked through the window removing the rest of the glass. Once the window was fully gone, I removed my Taser and drive stunned Kirk in an attempt to get him to comply to unlock the vehicle, however, the drive stun had no effect.”

Kirk was removed from the vehicle and continued to physically resist arrest, and he was forced to the ground.

Police administered a third Taser gun strike, but Kirk continued fighting; however, a short time later officers were able to place him in handcuffs.

Police reported Kirk refused to stay seated after he was restrained. When the Taser prong had been removed, “Kirk was spitting, and I placed a spit bag over his face to keep him from spitting on officers, should he decide to do so.”

An open beer can was found in the console area of the Volkswagen, and more beers were found in the back seat.

Kirk was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and battery to an officer, both class D felonies; operating while intoxicated - refusal; resisting law enforcement; and criminal recklessness, all class A misdemeanors; reckless driving and disorderly conduct, both class B misdemeanors.

Kirk appeared for a hearing in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 Monday, at which time he was released on his own recognizance.

The time of his upcoming initial hearing was not posted on Clark County’s online court records as of press time.


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