Man accused of trying to kill Cuyahoga Falls officer appears in court

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CUYAHOGA FALLS - A 46-year-old Akron man was in court Monday to face charges that he tried to kill a Cuyahoga Falls police officer July 23.

Donald Watson Jr., was video arraigned in Stow Municipal Court. He said very little during the brief hearing.

Judge Lisa Coates set his bond at $750,000.  Police say Watson called 911 in the early morning hours of July 23 threatening to kill law enforcement officers.

According to police,  security video shows Watson driving his red pick-up truck to the department’s parking lot. Officers say he  damaged several vehicles.

“We need to replace one and get the others fixed, including the K-9 vehicle,” said Chief Jack Davis.  When Watson fled from the lot, police began looking for him and that is when he is alleged to have slammed his truck into Officer Ted Davis’ cruiser on Broad Boulevard.

The chief said Officer Davis spent several days in the hospital and was released about a week ago.  “He is continuing to recover,” the chief said.

Officer Davis released a thank you note on the department’s Facebook page this past weekend. He said he is extremely grateful for all the support he has received from his family, friends, and the community.

*Read his full statement here*

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