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Goodwater man arrested for multiple charges
By Christa Jennings
A Goodwater man was arrested on five charges, including attempting to elude and resisting arrest, after fleeing a traffic stop.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that on July 28 Johnathon Harrell, 34 years old of Goodwater, was arrested on the charges of possession of a pistol by a violent felon, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree promoting prison contraband, and attempting to elude law enforcement officers.
Howell explained that Deputy Scott was on patrol on County Road 511 in the Goodwater area when he observed a 4-wheeler pass with no lights or tag. He attempted to stop the 4-wheeler, but the driver, Harrell, kept going.
However, the vehicle stopped after a short chase ensued. Howell said that when Harrell got off the 4-wheeler, he became irate with Deputy Scott and the reserve deputy.
At one point, Harrell reportedly attempted to grab a knife, as well as another weapon. The deputies restrained him, but Howell reported upon trying to place him under arrest, Harrell fought the deputies.
He proceeded to attempt to grab a firearm in his possession. Eventually, deputies were able to restrain Harrell.
In Harrell’s backpack, they found a firearm, pipe and large knife. After placing him under arrest, he was brought into the Sheriff’s Office.
While booking him in at the jail, Harrell was allegedly found to also have synthetic marijuana on him at the time.
He was ultimately arrested on five total charges. His total bond was set at $13,000, and as of press time he remained in custody at the Coosa County Jail awaiting trial.