A Niles man used a hacksaw to cut off his handcuffs, but did not evade his eventual arrest. During the man's attempt to resist arrest, he assaulted and injured Berrien County Sheriff's Department Deputy Richard Edgerly.
Police said 19-year old Kelex Jackson gave Edgerly a fake name when Edgerly made a traffic stop on Jackson at Niles Buchanan Road, near Phillips Road, late Wednesday night. Soon, Edgerly learned Jackson's real name and that he was wanted on outstanding warrants.
As Edgerly tried to arrest Jackson, a struggle ensued and Jackson ran, police said. He apparently obtained the hacksaw when he broke into a shed. Jackson was later found hiding in the basement of a house in Edwardsburg.
Edgerly was treated at a local hospital for upper body injuries and later released.
Jackson faces preliminary charges fo assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault police officer with injury, malicious destruction of police property and larceny of police equipment.