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Intoxicated bicycle rider resists arrest

Intoxicated bicycle rider resists arrest

While working the evening alcohol enforcement patrol assignment on Wednesday, September 1, Cedar Springs Police Officer Chad Potts was informed that a person who had been banned from Cedar Pub and Restaurant earlier in the evening had two outstanding warrants against him. Officer Potts spotted the individual riding a bicycle in the 200 block of N. Main Street about 10:15 p.m. He conducted a traffic stop and approached the man, who appeared intoxicated.

Carl Johnson

As Officer Potts spoke with Carl Cecil-Allen Johnson, 31, of Howard City, he asked for his beer bottle and explained that he was under arrest for the two warrants. At first it appeared Johnson was going to cooperate with police, but then he quickly pushed his bike at the officer, while swearing and commenting, “*&% this I’m out of here.”

After a very short foot chase, Officer Potts pushed the suspect off balance, caausing him to fall to the ground. When the officer engaged the suspect on the ground, Johnson did comply with the officer’s demands and was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Carl Johnson was arraigned on September 2 in 63rd District Court for resisting and opposing a police officer. He received a $500 cash bond. His preliminary exam was set for Saturday 9 at 9 a.m. His warrants were both from Friend of the Court for child support—one from Kent County and one from Grand Traverse County.

“Police officers face many dangers on a daily basis and need to be alert on every call for service tht they respond to,” said Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent. “Officer Chad Potts understands this and passes along his life experiences to new officers by serving as one of my Field Training Officers.” Parent noted that Officer Potts just celebrated 10 years with the Cedar Springs Police Department on August 25.

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