A man was bound over to await the action of the Montgomery County Grand Jury after he was arrested at Robinhood 407 for felony possession of a controlled substance.
Justin Palmertree went before Judge Alan D. Lancaster on July 7 in Winona Municipal Court. Palmertree has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, fleeing, and resisting arrest. Officer BJ Edwards said he pulled over the vehicle on Highway 407 at Robinhood because the lights weren’t on after dusk.
He said when he got behind the vehicle, he saw that the bumper had been “oversprayed” and the decal was covered in spray paint.
“I asked him to get out the vehicle to show him, and he agreed that it was sprayed,” Edwards said. He said Palmertree told him he didn’t mean to do it.
Edwards said he asked him did he have anything in his vehicle, and Palmertree told him no.
“I asked him could I do a search, and he refused,” he said. Edwards said he got Snitch, the canine, out and did a free air test.
“A free air test is when the dog walks around the vehicle sniffing the air and if he gets a whiff, he’ll alert,” Edwards said. He said they’re able to do a free air test because the air doesn’t belong to any one. Edwards said after the alert has been made, then they have probable cause to search the vehicle.
He said Palmertree began to ask for a cigarette, asked him, if he could go into the store and purchase one, and Edwards said no. Edwards said by this time, Officer Denzel Bigbee and Officer James Burnett are on scene.
“He began to act as if he was dry heaving, and I told him that if he had to throw up, he could throw up right there,” Edwards said. He said Palmertree tried to create a distraction but was unsuccessful. After his attempts to create a distraction failed, Palmertree ran.
“He took off around the store,” Edwards said. He said he, Bigbee and Burnett ran in pursuit. Edwards said during the chase, he fell, but Bigbee and Burnett kept going.
“I got back up and took off,” he said. Edwards said Burnett attempted to deploy his taser twice but missed Palmertree. He said as Palmertree was running, he threw a clear bag out of his hand. Edwards said he caught up to Palmertree and was able to do a successful take down.
He said he then had to try to get Palmertree’s hands in cuffs, but he was still fighting. Edwards said Burnett dry stunned Palmertree in the shoulder for him to calm down.
Bailey asked for a bond reduction to which Lancaster denied. “He was on parole, has a charge pending and now has another charge for the same thing? No, I’m not inclined to reduce bond.”
Palmertree said that he was trying to get into John 3:16 in Charlotte, Ark.
“I don’t care where I go, I just gotta get some help, I need help,” Palmertree said.
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Jonathan Minga’s charge of felony possession of a controlled substance was remanded to the file for two years. Minga pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and his possession of paraphernalia was dismissed.