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Man faces battery, drug charges after fleeing from officer

COVINGTON - A Covington man who allegedly beat up his girlfriend and then took her relative's car during the early morning hours Thursday is facing numerous charges, according to police.

Shortly after 2 a.m., police responded to a residence on Clane Drive, following a call from a friend of the victim's relative, who said the suspect, Henry Dontavious Arnold, 27, had just beaten up the victim and fled in her friend's black Dodge Stratus, according to an incident report completed by Officer Kevin Cribb.

The victim told Cribb that Arnold punched her in the head and also choked and kicked her. Cribb said the victim had a knot on the back of her head.

Arnold was later spotted in the vehicle heading north on Emory Street by Officer Justin Blankenship. When a traffic stop was attempted, however, the suspect refused to stop and continued to flee from authorities, heading west on Interstate 20.

Covington Police, along with assistance from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, eventually caught up with the suspect near Salem Road and took him into custody without incident, said Det. Daniel Seals, spokesman for the Covington Police Department.

According to Seals, officers discovered a substantial amount of illegal drugs in the vehicle, as well as on Arnold's person. Two open containers of alcohol were also found in the car, Seals said.

Arnold has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, theft by taking, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, stop sign violation, red light violation, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, open container, obstruction and driving without a license.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.