Middletown Police Officer Injured While Chasing Drug Suspect
The Middletown Police Department reported one arrest from the weekend of Friday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.
A Middletown police officer was treated for a leg wound at Newport Hospital Saturday night after being injured during a foot chase in pursuit of a drug suspect.
Donovan Donyel Jones, 18, of 132 Rogers Lane, Middletown, was charged with a first offense charge of marijuana possession, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer in the line of duty as a result of the incident.
According to the arrest report, around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night, police pulled over a 2004 red Hyundai on East Main Road near Forest Avenue after noticing the car’s headlight was out and that it made a turn without first signaling. During questioning, the police officer at the scene reportedly saw “loose pieces of marijuana” on the lap of Jones, who was a passenger. Police who performed a search allege that they recovered a bag of marijuana that fell from his pant leg.
When police attempted to handcuff Jones, he allegedly ran down East Main Road and a foot chase ensued. Jones reportedly hopped a barbed wire fence behind Toyota of Newport and police on foot and in patrol cars were unable to find him.
Investigators reportedly notified his workplace and family of the incident and around 12:30 a.m., Jones reportedly turned himself in at the Middletown Police Station with a parent present.
The injured police officer reportedly struck his leg on a rock wall during the chase and was treated at Newport Hospital for a laceration that required seven stitches, according to the arrest report.
The 17-year-old driver of the red Hyundai was not charged.