Probationer hides under car to avoid jail

COVINGTON — A man who apparently did not want to return to jail after he was told his probation was revoked attempted to run and hide under a car.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wesley Atha was called to the Newton County probation office on Pace Street Monday to arrest Jjuan Joel Cannon, 21, of 7104 Pine Needle Drive, on a charge of probation violation. After speaking with the probation officer, the deputy returned to the front of the building to place Cannon under arrest, but realized the man had gone.

Atha told Cannon’s girlfriend, who had brought him to the probation office, to call him on the cell phone and tell him to return.

“While she was attempting to call him, dispatch received a phone call from the gun store located across from the probation office stating there was a male hiding under a Nissan Rogue,” the incident report states. “I looked up and could see Jjuan squatted down behind the Rogue.”

The deputy walked over to Cannon and “he immediately asked if he was going to jail.”

Atha said that he was because his probation had been revoked, but Cannon said he didn’t want to go back to jail and ran off toward Pace Street.

Covington Police Department Officer Chris Smith, who was on the scene, intercepted Cannon near the Covington Fire Department station. Atha then arrested Cannon and transported him to the Newton County Detention Center, where he was charged with probation violation and obstruction of officers.

Cannon was originally arrested on June 20 by the CPD on charges of terroristic threats and acts and simple battery.

In other news, the NCSO arrested Covington resident Harold Tyrone Monte on Monday on charges that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and had struck several DOT signs on an exit ramp from Interstate 20.

Sometime around 11:30 p.m., a deputy was patrolling in the area of Crowell Road near I-20 when he was flagged down by some people in the McDonald’s parking lot yelling about a man driving a “blue Suburban.”

The deputy began traveling down Crowell Road and soon came upon a green Chevrolet Suburban. After pulling the SUV over, he began speaking with the driver, later identified as Monte, and noticed the odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle as well as an open container of alcohol, the NCSO reported.

“The deputy then noticed a large amount of damage to the vehicle,” said Sgt. Michael Cunningham. Another deputy who responded saw several downed DOT signs on the off-ramp, including the Exit 88 sign.

Monte, 43, of 25 Roosevelt Road, was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and fleeing or attempting to elude.