SALT LAKE CITY — A criminal charge was filed Friday against a man accused of getting into a struggle with a Salt Lake police officer.
Leonard Dwayne Clark, 24, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault on a law enforcer, a first-degree felony.
On March 25, an officer spotted Clark riding his bicycle through a red light, according to charging documents. The officer followed Clark to a 7-Eleven at 309 E. 400 South.
"Clark apologized for running the red light and claimed he was in a hurry to buy a bottle of water for his sick friend," the charges state.Comment on this story
The officer said he needed to get some information from Clark and then he could continue on his way, according to court documents. But Clark "began pacing" and didn't want to give the officer his personal information, the charges state.
As Clark continued to disobey the officer's commands, the officer grabbed his arm and Clark pushed him away, according to the charges. As the struggle continued, police say Clark pulled out a knife but it fell to the ground. Clark later said he was trying to show the officer he didn't have a gun.
A backup officer arrived and helped place Clark under arrest.