Foot chase through Newnan ends in arrest

by Wes Mayer

A man carrying a misdemeanor amount of marijuana was unsuccessful in fleeing Newnan Police officers on foot Wednesday, and he now faces numerous charges.

Around 1:30 p.m., Officer Aaron Howard stopped a 2000 Lincoln LS for speeding on West Washington Street near the intersection of Belt Road, said Lt. Mark Cooper with the Newnan Police Department. Howard clocked the driver, Michael Stanley, driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

After Howard stopped Stanley and began to give commands for him to get out of the vehicle, Stanley wasn’t fighting Howard, but he wasn’t complying either, Cooper said – he was passively resistant. When Stanley finally stepped out of his vehicle, he took off running toward Heery Road into the Belmont Park subdivision.

Howard pursued Stanley on foot, and numerous Newnan officers were called for backup. Eventually, Stanley was found and apprehended behind a home on Belmont Park Lane, Cooper said. Cooper estimated around 10 officers were in the area at the time of Stanley’s capture.

As Howard was chasing Stanley, he saw Stanley shake out a bag, Cooper said. The contents of this bag were later found and determined to be less than an ounce of marijuana. Because of this, Stanley was charged with a misdemeanor possession of marijuana in addition to obstruction of officers, speeding, driving on a suspended license and operation of a motor vehicle with an expired tag.

Stanley was transported to the Coweta County Jail.



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