COVINGTON — What started off as a a police officer helping two men whose truck broke down in the middle of the road, ended up with both of them being chased, Tasered and arrested on drug possession charges.
Kelvin Jones, 40, of 1721 Treeline Road in Lithonia, and Dedrick Poe, 38, of 937 Ivy Durrence Road in Glennville, were arrested Saturday and charged with a number of offenses, including having outstanding warrants.
A little after 8 p.m., Covington Police Department Sgt. Asher Dozier saw a red and white Ford F-150 pickup truck broken down in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 278 near West Street. After helping the two men move the vehicle off the main road, Dozier noticed that both men appeared intoxicated, the incident report states.
The officer reportedly asked the two men for identification, at which point they became nervous.
“Both subjects stated that their identification was in the vehicle and attempted separately and at separate times to return to their vehicle,” Dozier stated.
The officer would not let the men return to the vehicle, but they continued to make motions as if they were attempting to leave.
“Dozier began to walk toward Jones, at which point Jones fled on foot around the vehicle before traveling south on West Street,” the incident report states. “Poe simultaneously fled east across the front parking lot of Burrito Loco toward Don’s Superette.”
Dozier began to chase Jones and at one point deployed his Taser. However, the Taser disconnected due to the thick leather jacket Jones was wearing.
“Jones then turned east into a grassy field and continued running, eventually shedding his jacket,” the incident report states. “Sgt. Dozier was then able to Taze Jones successfully, which resulted in Jones being taken into custody by Sgt. Dozier.”
While Dozier was chasing Jones, another officer at the scene, Officer Demetri Myers, ran after Poe, who had taken off toward Emory Street. Myers too deployed his Taser during the pursuit, and was able to arrest Poe, according to the report.
Dozier searched Jones and found a plastic bag inside his pants pocket that contained what is believed to be cocaine, along with several other plastic bags used for repackaging the drugs. The officer also found a piece of paper that appeared to have stolen credit card and identification information written on it.
Inside the truck, Dozier found a digital scale with powdered residue.
Dozier ran Jones’ identity through the GCIC database and learned that he had five active warrants for parole violation, default of child support out of DeKalb County, aggravated assault with a weapon, criminal damage to property and theft by taking out of Fulton County.
Officers learned that Poe had an active warrant out of Gwinnett County for identity theft.
Jones was charged with driving with a suspended license, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Poe was charged with giving a false name to law enforcement and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.