A Massachusetts man is in custody following a July 16 traffic stop during which he became verbally and physically combative with Peachtree City police, fled the scene on foot and attempted to take a taser from an officer as he was being taken into custody.
Harvey Johnson, 52, of Boston, was charged with simple battery against police, removal of weapon from an officer and two counts of obstruction, according to Fayette County Jail records.
Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Donte Phillips said the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Crosstown Drive when Johnson’s vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation.
Phillips said Johnson immediately exited the vehicle without being asked to do so, with the officer instructing Johnson several times to get back in the vehicle. Johnson continued to refuse and subsequently became verbally combative, said Phillips.
The incident turned physical, with Johnson taking the officer to the ground and with a second officer tasing Johnson, Phillips noted.
Phillips said Johnson continued to resist and was able to flee the scene on foot, running to a nearby hotel. Officers gave chase and, while being taken into custody at the hotel, Johnson again resisted and attempted to take a taser from an officer, police said.
Johnson was transported to the Fayette County Jail.