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.



More Local

Winter storm warning in effect

City, county and school system officials are keeping watch on a developing winter storm. The Coweta County School System and the Heritage Sc ... Read More


Coweta schools to open two hours late

Coweta County’s public schools will be in session on Thursday, but school will start two hours later. All schools will be open, accord ... Read More


Changes definition of marijuana

Cannabis oil bill passes House, heads to Senate

A bill that would allow limited possession of cannabis-derived medicine for those with certain medical conditions overwhelmingly passed the ... Read More


Man arrested for child molestation

A man suspected of molesting a child was arrested by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office this week. Russell Kirk Jones ... Read More


Coweta schools name 2015 Teachers of the Year

The Coweta County School System recently named its 2015 Teachers of the Year for its 31 schools. “The teachers are elected each year i ... Read More

Lived most of life on Coweta farm

Funeral today for 103-year-old Charlie Trammell

Charlie Trammell was born in 1911 on his family’s Coweta County farm, and he died there – in a house he and his wife built 49 ye ... Read More