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Omolola Dawodu Arrested at Fort Lauderdale, Florida Airport for Battery on an Officer

Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Omolola Dawodu of Baltimore, Maryland was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after she allegedly assaulted a police officer, news sources report. Dawodu, 36, was booked into the North Broward Bureau Jail on charges of marijuana possession, possessing drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence, failing to obey police, and battery on an officer. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail bond. No criminal defense lawyer has yet spoken on Dawodu’s behalf.

According to reports, Dawodu is from Baltimore and was in South Florida on a road trip. “I just drove down yesterday,” Dawodu reportedly told a judge during her initial hearing. “I wanted to spend the night and go home tomorrow.” It was unclear why Dawodu was at the airport during her road trip.

Based on reports, the incident began at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when Dawodu parked near a curb. An officer apparently requested that Dawodu move the vehicle. Dawodu allegedly became angry, shouting, swearing, and refusing to move her car.

The officer called in reinforcements, who soon arrived at the scene and attempted to get Dawodu under control, sources say. Dawodu kept being confrontational and refused to move her car, reports indicate. One of the officers apparently told Dawodu that he would have to tow the car if she did not move it. “Go ahead and tow it,” Dawodu allegedly said.

When one of the officers opened Dawodu’s car door, possibly without permission, Dawodu allegedly became violent. “[The officer] attempted to take her into custody at this time; she resisted, and a brief struggle ensued where they both fell to the ground,” reports say. After a scuffle, the officers were apparently able to subdue Dawodu and take her to jail. It is not clear whether the drugs and drug paraphernalia for which Dawodu was charged were found in her car or on her person.

The officer Dawodu allegedly shoved sought medical treatment for a bruised shoulder at the Broward Health clinic; he has since been treated and released, sources indicate. Another responding officer was treated at the scene for a cut on his finger.

Officers regularly put their lives on the line while upholding the law. Earlier this month, Plantation resident Thomas H. Eagan was apprehended after he allegedly struck an officer and caused an accident while fleeing police, sources report. Eagan, 39, was taken to the county jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft, and fleeing and eluding. An update on his case is not currently available.

Reports say the incident occurred around 5 a.m. Friday at a parking lot in Miami Gardens. An officer spotted Eagan driving a vehicle and ran the vehicle’s plate numbers; he apparently found that the car had been reported stolen. According to reports, Eagan ultimately fled, dragging the officer momentarily. Eagan later caused an accident while driving the wrong way on Interstate 95, sources allege. He was eventually arrested at an area intersection.

Source: 9.16.13 Dawodu Battery on an Officer.pdf

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