Police: Intoxicated man assaults Sandusky officer while resisting arrest

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Ed Cody. Courtesy Erie County Sheriff's Office.

SANDUSKY – An intoxicated man allegedly assaulted a Sandusky police officer during a traffic stop on Friday afternoon.

According to a police report, a call came in from a concerned person about a drunk male pumping gas around 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

When the officer located the car, he was able to pull the man over a few blocks away from the gas station.

The driver, Ed Cody, told the officer he didn’t understand why he was being pulled over. The report says the officer smelled alcohol and Cody’s eyes were bloodshot.

The officer then asked Cody to get out of the car, to which he responded¬† “I’m not stepping from the vehicle.”

The officer told Cody if he didn’t get out, he would be arrested and Cody continued to refuse.

When the officer reached to unlock the door, Cody smacked the officer in the face and continued to hit him while the officer was trying to arrest him.

Cody was wearing his seat belt, so the officer couldn’t get him out of the car due to the struggle. Cody attempted to drive off by slamming on the gas, but since the car was in park the officer just took the keys and threw them to the other side of the car.

Once backup arrived, Cody was arrested and a bottle of liquor was found inside his center console.

The officer had scratches to his neck and below his eye from being hit by Cody several times.

He is currently being held at the Erie County Jail with no bond.

He was charged with assault on an officer, operating a vehicle impaired, resisting arrest, aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct while intoxicated and open container.