Officer faces charge for running over suspect

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety officer is facing an assault charge after running over a man during a chase.

Steven Johnson, 51, of Sturgis, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon after prosecutors say he purposefully hit the man with his squad car.

The incident happened when officers responded to a call of a man with a lawn mower around 1:45 a.m. on May 10. While investigating the possibility of the lawn mower being stolen, officers came upon 25-year-old Ronald Glover, Jr. of Benton Harbor on a bike without a headlight, which is a state law and city ordinance violation.

Glover refused to cooperate with officers and rode the bike away. When officers blocked the man’s escape path with their vehicles, he dropped the bike and began running. At that point, Johnson turn

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