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Man resists,
tells police
he is a cage fighter

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A driver pulled over at 3 a.m. after allegedly committing numerous lane violations is accused of resisting arrest and now sits in the Platte County Jail facing four misdemeanor charges.

Zakareya I. Shalabi, 27, of Kansas City, remained in the jail early this week as a result of an incident that occurred at 3 a.m. Saturday at Interstate 29 and NW Waukomis.

A Platte County deputy conducted a stop of Shalabi’s vehicle at I-29 at NW Waukomis after he said the vehicle was being driven erratically.

The driver, identified as Shalabi, “appeared to be intoxicated and had a revoked driving status,” according to court documents.

Police say Shalabi also had two active warrants for his arrest, one of them through Kansas City for an alleged assault.

The deputy says Shalabi resisted the arrest, including the attempts at being handcuffed. The deputy says he told the suspect that if he continued to resist he would be taken to the ground. Shalabi, according to court documents, yelled: “I cage fight. I could (mess) you up.”

The suspect continued to resist and was taken to the ground, according to the statement of probable cause.

After being taken to the ground the suspect continued to resist, the deputy says. A second deputy arrived on the scene and the suspect was subsequently handcuffed and secured in a transport van while continuing to make violent threats toward officers, authorities allege.

Shalabi faces charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest, a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, a charge of driving with a revoked license, and a charge of failure to drive within a single lane.

He is being held on a $7,500 surety bond. His court date is set for Sept. 2.