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First-degree felony charge filed against Frank Q. Jackson, grandson of Cleveland mayor

Frank Q. Jackson is now facing a first-degree felony charge of assault involving a peace officer.

CLEVELAND — Frank Q. Jackson, the 24-year-old grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, is facing a new first-degree felony charge stemming from his January arrest.

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Cuyahoga County Court documents show that Jackson is now facing a first-degree felony charge of assault involving a peace officer. Jackson was previously facing a second-degree felony for assault and continues to face a third-degree felony charge of failure to comply.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the upgrade in Jackson's charge occurred due to a clerical error in which the original charge failed to indicate that the victim in the case is a peace officer.

The charges against Jackson come as the result of a January traffic stop in Parma. According to Parma police, just after midnight on January 24, Jackson, was stopped by police over the tint of his vehicles' windows on State Road just north of Brookpark Road. He was then asked to step out of his vehicle following consent to a vehicle search. Just as a backup officer arrived on scene, Frank allegedly fled in his vehicle, pulling along one officer with him.

The officer was able to free himself and was not seriously injured by the incident. Officers then pursued Frank as the suspect attempted to escape, hitting more than 100 miles per hour on the highway. Officers lost the vehicle after he exited westbound on I-90 at the Lorain Avenue exit. 

Parma police say the suspect later turned himself in around 2:55 a.m.

Earlier in January, an arrest warrant was issued for Jackson in relation to the December assault of a woman. According to the warrant, Jackson "did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm" to the victim, identified as the mother of his child. 

During the incident, Jackson allegedly struck the victim several times in the head, causing her to hit a couch and fall on the floor. The victim suffered a lump to the forehead and dizziness due to being struck, the warrant reports.