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Last updated on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
(EVANSVILLE) - It started as an arrest for dealing cocaine, but the charges against an Evansville man just keep adding up.
Escaped, dog-bitten cocaine suspect falls face first into pavement
Police took the suspect to Deaconess for an evaluation before taking him to jail. It was the bizarre chain of events at the hospital, that made this anything but a usual drug bust.
To say the suspect was uncooperative might be an understatement, as the injuries he incurred from his arrest may have gone from bad to worse, when he tried to get away.
At about 1:40 a.m. Sunday morning, Evansville police were called to 500 East Franklin Street for a break-in.
"We received a call from a female saying an ex-boyfriend of her's had broken into her apartment," said Jason Cullum with the EPD.
Once officers arrived, the victim, Quianna Brown, gave officers permission to force entry.
"He was given an opportunity to come out or make his presence known and he failed to do so. At that time, one of the K-9 officers released his dog to search the apartment," said Cullum.
The K-9 did its job. Police say 25-year-old Marcus Duane Barnes was found in a bedroom with seven grams of cocaine. He was then arrested for criminal mischief, dealing cocaine, and residential entry, but police weren't finished with Barnes just yet.
"When the officers transported him to the hospital for treatment of the dog bite, when they got to the ER, they opened the door and let him out of the car to go in for treatment. When he stepped out, he decided to run," said Cullum.
But Barnes didn't get far. With his hands bound, Barnes tripped over a curb, and landed face-first on the pavement. Police say, he then kicked an assisting officer after being subdued by a taser, and was eventually carried into the ER by three EPD officers.
"We understand that people don't want to go to jail. But if we're dealing with you and you choose to attack us and try to cause us bodily harm, we take that very seriously," said Cullum.
As a result of the incident at the hospital, Barnes was hit with three more charges, which were attempt to escape, battery on a police officer, and resisting law enforcement. Police also say that they are still guarding Barnes at Deaconess while he receives treatment for his injuries.
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