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A Delaware County judge yesterday sentenced a man to spend more than seven years in prison for brandishing a screwdriver and charging a State Highway Patrol trooper along I-71.

In June, Danial C. Barnes, 30, of Lakewood in suburban Cleveland, pleaded guilty to felonious assault on a peace officer and fleeing authorities after committing a felony.

Judge Everett H. Krueger sentenced Barnes to six years on the felonious assault charge and 16 months for fleeing authorities. The terms will be served consecutively. Krueger also suspended Barnes' driver's license for 10 years.

During the proceeding in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Barnes told the judge that he has bipolar disorder and was not taking prescribed medication for the condition when he committed the crimes, Prosecutor Dave Yost said. He said Barnes also admitted he'd been drinking.

"I asked for a substantial prison term . . . and I feel that I got that," Yost said.

Barnes charged at troopers April 9 after leading them on a chase triggered by a report that a man was attempting to break into cars at a restaurant at I-71 and Rt. 13 near Mansfield.

After his car struck the rear of another car, Barnes stopped on the right berm of I-71, about 3 miles north of Rt. 36 near Delaware, troopers said.

Troopers used a Taser to subdue Barnes, but when he continued to advance, Trooper Garic Warner shot him with a .40-caliber handgun.

A toxicology test showed Barnes' blood-alcohol level at 0.134 percent. In Ohio, a driver is considered intoxicated at 0.08 percent. The test also showed traces of cocaine.
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