Johnson Arrested After Police Pursuit

April 23, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 45 year old man was arrested after a police pursuit Monday night.

Smithville Police have charged David Ray Johnson of 530 Miller Road with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of a schedule VI and IV drug and he was issued a citation for violation of the light law. His bond totals $11,500 and his court date is May 8th.

K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow, in his report, states that on Monday night at 9:59 p.m. he stopped a vehicle on East Broad Street at Model City Auto Sales because it had a headlight out. The driver, Johnson, denied Officer Tatrow's request to search the vehicle. Tatrow then deployed Astro, the K-9, and the dog indicated on the trunk of the car. Johnson was asked to get out of the vehicle so it could be searched but he started up the car and sped off, traveling at a high rate of speed. Johnson came to the traffic light at highway's 56 & 70 and then turned left onto highway 56 south. He continued on highway 56 south at a high rate of speed and then turned onto East Bryant Street. Officer Matt Farmer joined Officer Tatrow in the pursuit and Johnson eventually stopped his vehicle at East Bryant and South College Street. Johnson was taken from the vehicle into custody. A search of the vehicle produced a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana roach, and a pill identified as Soma.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, 28 year old Jason William Davis of 939 Grandiose Drive, Cookeville was arrested Tuesday and charged with driving on a revoked license, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and violation of the light law. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on the charges June 5th.

Officer Matt Farmer, in his report, states that at 2:50 a.m. he observed a vehicle going northbound on South College Street with the right side headlight not working. The vehicle, driven by Davis, was stopped. The officer asked Davis for his driver's license but Davis told him that the license had been suspended in Alabama. A further check of the status of the license revealed that it was revoked for failure to appear in an Alabama court.

Davis was placed under arrest for driving on a revoked license and during a search of the vehicle, incident to arrest, Officer Tatrow, who was assisting Officer Farmer, found two white pills and two prescription bottles in a glove box belonging to another person. One bottle had five small white round pills believed to be diphenoxylate and the other contained four blue capsules believed to be dicyclomine.

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