Racine deputies assaulted, Milwaukee man now charged

A Milwaukee man is charged with more than a dozen counts after a violent arrest on the shoulder of Interstate 94 in Racine County.

Hezekiah Saffold, 24, first appeared in court on Friday August 19. His charges stem from two different traffic stops and range from endangering security to criminal possession of a firearm to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

In video provided by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, deputies attempted to handcuff Saffold – believing there were drugs in his car – on August 17. That’s when things took a violent turn.

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After a struggle, Saffold ran to his car. A criminal complaint says he attempted to start the car, potentially endangering law enforcement and other drivers. The sheriff said Saffold was shocked five times, bitten by a K-9 officer three times and pepper sprayed before deputies could arrest him.

Saffold is also charged in a separate incident – ​​accused of running from police just days before his arrest on I-94.

“This is an extremely dangerous individual: he had a gun in the car, he fled from officers, at high speed, no lights,” prosecutor Chris Steenrod said. “Then about a week later the freeway was closed because the defendant was resisting cops on the freeway, running down the freeway.

“This behavior and these drug charges, the neutrality of the circumstances, are aggravating and dangerous.”

Inside the car, deputies reportedly found a handgun, cocaine and more than $1,000 in cash. Saffold’s bond has been set at $75,000 and he is due back in court next week.

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