Combative traffic stop leads to DWI, resisting arrest charges

A Kansas City, Mo. man faces four criminal charges after he became combative during a traffic stop for suspicion of DWI last week.According to court documents, a Platte County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over Zak Shalabi for multiple lane violations and erratic driving at about 3 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15 on Interstate 29 near NW Waukomis Drive. The 27-year-old appeared intoxicated, and his driver’s license came back suspended along with a pair of active warrants, one for assault in Kansas City. Zak Shalabi

The deputy indicated to Shalabi that he was under arrest for driving while revoked.

After being asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Shalabi was instructed to exit the vehicle, and he refused. He was asked twice more before he finally stood up, and when asked again how much alcohol he had consumed, Shalabi replied by saying, “I’ll be honest with you” before trailing off.

When asked to walk to the rear of his vehicle, Shalabi again refused.

The deputy grabbed him by his right arm in an attempt to escort him to the patrol vehicle, but Shalabi pulled away and said, “Hold on.” The officer then secured Shalabi’s right wrist behind his back and ordered him to put his left arm behind his back.

Shalabi again refused and then avoided the deputy’s attempt to handcuff him.

Eventually, the officer warned that he would take Shalabi to the ground. He responded by stating, “I cage fight. I could (expletive) you up.” He then pulled his left arm free and tried to break away completely. He was taken to the ground and continued to resist arrest while ignoring verbal commands, according to the probable cause statement.

Another deputy arrived to help take Shalabi into custody, and he continued to make violent threats to the officers on scene.

Shalabi ended up charged with four misdemeanors: DWI, resisting arrest, driving while suspended and failure to drive within a single lane of traffic. He remained in the Platte County Detention Center as of Monday on 10 percent cash or surety of a $7,500 bond with special conditions of no possession or consumption of alcohol and no driving.