Man suspected of DWI after accident charged with felony assault on police officer

From staff reportsNovember 2, 2012 

John Franklin Lloyd

— A Raleigh man charged with driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a minor accident Thursday was later charged with assaulting an officer with intent to kill by using his van to trap the officer against a police cruiser and then inching forward.

John Franklin Lloyd, 34, of 712 Hampstead Place was stopped in the 3000 bock of New Bern Avenue about 3 p.m. Thursday. Police said he was driving while impaired and had left the scene of an accident that had damaged another vehicle. They charged him with DWI, hit-and-run, failing to stop after an accident, resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license and having an open container of alcohol, all misdemeanors.

Lloyd was being held in the Wake County Detention Center when police came back early Friday morning and arrested him again, this time on a felony charge of assault on a government official with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or seriously injure and another misdemeanor, assault on a government official.

Lloyd, police charged in the felony arrest warrant, had pinned Officer T.R. Varnadoe between a police cruiser and Lloyd’s van and kept inching toward him.

When he was being arrested, police said, he hit Varnadoe in the chest with both hands, leading to the assault charge.

Lloyd was being held Friday on $12,500 bail.

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