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Man pepper-sprayed during arrest, then makes a stink in cruiser


LORAIN — A Lorain man who was being turned over to sheriff's deputies on a warrant had to be pepper-sprayed when he struggled with deputies. After that, he deficated in the back of a cruiser.

Terry Atkinson, 59, is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct persisting.

Lorain officers had found Atkinson highly intoxicated and combative, according to a sheriff's report, and took him to 3810 Broadway to be turned over on the warrant.

Atkinson, who had great difficulty standing and was slurring so badly he couldn't be understood, complied with putting his hands on the trunk of the cruiser but refused to be handcuffed, the report said.

He then pulled away from deputies and balled his hand into a fist. Atkinson again ignored deputies' demands to put his hands behind his back and was pepper-sprayed and finally subdued.

Atkinson was then put in the rear of the cruiser and defecated while being taken to jail, the report said.

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