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St. Petersburg man rams into patrol car, twists officer's finger

ST. PETERSBURG — A 30-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he rammed a Nissan into a patrol car and resisted arrest, police said.

A St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Stephen Mandakis and other officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a 2007 Nissan Altima in the 5800 block of 22nd Street N about 5:45 p.m. That's when the driver slammed into the front of the patrol car, according to arrest records.

The driver eventually stopped and was identified as Cedric Jackson, 30, of St. Petersburg, who does not have a valid driver's license, records show.

As Jackson was being handcuffed, he twisted the sergeant's finger, police said.

Small bags of marijuana and a digital scale were discovered stashed in a backpack inside the Nissan during a search.

Jackson was arrested on several charges, including driving with an invalid license, aggravated battery on an officer and marijuana possession with intent to sell. He also had warrants out for his arrest in cases of battery, fleeing and eluding an officer, marijuana possession and driving with a revoked license.

Jackson was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and is being held in lieu of $270,000 bail.

Laura C. Morel can be reached at or (727) 893-8713.

St. Petersburg man rams into patrol car, twists officer's finger 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 2:35pm]
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