Multiple charges – ranging from fleeing to resisting arrest to possession of a controlled substance – have been filed against a Helena-West Helena man following an incident that occurred in the area of Walnut Street and Proffit Drive on Sept. 11.
According to the investigating officers summary report, officers Matthew Jarrett and Shirley J. Tyner were patrolling an area of the community that is considered a high crime area. Jarrett stated in his report that an armed robbery and shooting had taken place just a few days before.
Jarrett reported seeing a man going door-to-door knocking and then walking away. Jarrett asked the man to approach him so he could to talk to him. After taking two steps toward the squad car, the man, later indentified as Brian M. Johnson, attempted to flee.
While attempting to cuff the suspect, the man refused and according to the report, Jarrett had to wrestle the man to the ground. At this point, Tyner told Johnson that if he did not stop fighting, she would have to spray him.
The report says the suspect yelled, “I'm sorry, but I ain't going back to prison” and continued to resist. Tyner then sprayed the suspect. Tyner managed to cuff his left wrist and Jarrett eventually got a cuff on the right wrist.
While attempting to get Johnson to the patrol car, the reports says, he attempted to flee again but could not because of the cuffs and Jarrett was able to pin the man between himself and the car.
After reading the man his right's Jarrett reported asked him, “Why are you doing all of this?” To which the reported stated the man replied, “Cause of what I've got.” The report says the search turned up marijuana and a white powder substance that turned out to be crack cocaine.”
The incident occurred around 8:44 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 minutes.
According to the report, Johnson apparently severely bit his lip during the ensuing struggle. He was transported to the hospital where he received stitches to his lip. A full urine and blood screening revealed that he had THC in his system, which is consistent with marijuana smokers.
Jarrett said in his report that his name through dispatch and there were no active warrants on him but he had been recently paroled for possession of a controlled substance and possession with purpose to deliver.
While being transported to the police department for procession, the report states Johnson repeatedly apologized for his actions.
Johnson was charged with fleeing, failure to comply with a lawful order, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a felony, possession of a controlled substance-crack cocaine, also a felony, possession with the intent to deliver, and distribution near certain facilities – government housing and a church.