Cleveland cop dragged under dirt bike: Suspect charged

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — An Ashtabula man accused of dragging a Cleveland police officer under his dirt bike has now been charged.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging Andrew T. Fusco, 29, of Ashtabula, with aggravated assault, failure to obey a police order and obstructing the execution of official acts.

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Authorities say Fusco was part of a large group of off-road motorcyclists who were spotted by officers at the intersection of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue on Monday, July 1, the FOX 8 I-Team reported. They fled when police tried to pull them over and tried to pass them on the Detroit-Superior Bridge, a police spokesman said.

It is illegal to ride unregistered dirt bikes on Ohio roads.

Police initially said two motorcyclists collided. When police tried to help, one of the fallen motorcyclists ran away and hit a police car. An officer was injured trying to stop the motorcyclist, police said.

“This is just one of many examples of motorcyclists disobeying police and attempting to take over our streets,” U.S. Attorney Michael O’Malley was quoted as saying in a press release. “This unlawful conduct is incredibly dangerous not only to police officers, but to our community.”

Court documents show Fusco’s bail was set at $40,000. He is due back in court for a hearing on Thursday, July 11.