California police arrest Uniontown man

July 19, 2014

California police arrested a Uniontown man Friday afternoon after he allegedly assaulted the driver and a passenger of a vehicle, almost causing it to crash with his 2-month-old daughter inside.

Da’quaan Laguant Lewis, 19, was getting into what police called a domestically motivated argument with the other driver and a passenger traveling in the 100 block of California Drive about 2:30 p.m.

Lewis is accused of punching the two while the vehicle was in motion. Police said Lewis almost caused the vehicle to crash while his daughter was sitting in a car seat in the backseat.

When police arrived, Lewis allegedly used his daughter as a shield while he reportedly resisted the efforts of officers to take him into custody.

Lewis, who was bleeding from the altercation with the two people in the vehicle, reportedly smeared his blood all over the rear partition of the cruiser. Police said he reportedly attempted to write the word “innocent” on the partition. Lewis was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment of his injury.

The driver and passenger, whom police did not identify, were evaluated at the scene by emergency medical personnel but refused treatment. Lewis was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on two counts of simple assault and one count each of resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of children, institutional vandalism, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for July 28 before District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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