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Akron man indicted in crash that injured Cuyahoga Falls police officer

From Staff Reports Published: August 22, 2016 2:56 PM

A 46-year-old Akron man was indicted Monday (Aug. 22) on attempted murder and several other felony offenses in connection with a crash that injured a Cuyahoga Falls police officer last month, according to a news release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

In addition to attempted murder, Donald R. Watson Jr. was indicted by a Summit County Grand Jury on: two counts of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and one count each of: aggravated arson, a second-degree felony; failure to comply with order of a police officer, a third-degree felony; vandalism, a fourth-degree felony; and criminal damaging or endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Watson is scheduled for an arraignment in Summit County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m.

Watson is accused of driving into the Cuyahoga Falls Police parking lot, running into parked patrol vehicles according to a police department press release. Watson allegedly caused significant damage to three police vehicles, according to the press release.

Watson then fled the scene and officers began to pursue his vehicle, according to police. During the pursuit, police say Watson crossed over into the lane of an assisting officer, Ptl. Ted Davis, purposely striking his patrol vehicle.

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Davis was taken to the hospital. He sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. The hospital subsequently released Davis to a rehabilitation facility. He was soon sent home to recuperate.

Watson also was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Watson is also accused of starting a fire at his Akron home, according to a news release from the county prosecutor.

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