Woman arrested after public disturbance

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   Police officers arrested a city woman early Friday morning after receiving a call about a possible fight in progress.
   Jaqueshia M. Johnson, 20, 106 West H. Street, was arrested at 5 a.m. Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Joy Shoun and charged with public intoxication, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
   According to reports, police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the area of 714 S. Lynn Avenue and upon the officers' arrival observed six individuals in the street arguing. Two of the individuals, two black males, were involved in a physical altercation.
   "As I exited my vehicle the two black males stopped fighting and stood still for a moment," states Shoun in her report, adding that she recognized one of the males involved in the fight from previous police calls.
   The two male subjects then fled the scene headed toward Church Street, despite commands from Shoun to stop. The four females remaining were asked to stop and explain to officers what was going on. "Two of the females sat down on the curb in front of the house, one female, later identified as the owner of the house, entered the residence," Shoun states in her report. "The female wearing the green shirt (later identified as Johnson) was asked to stop several times. She continued walking, turned to me and stated 'catch me if you think you can' and began running behind a residence."
   After a short foot pursuit, Johnson was located by Shoun in the back yard of a residence on Well Street and was brought back to the location of the fight on Lynn Avenue to speak with officers.
   According to Shoun's report, Johnson was very unsteady on her feet. "Upon speaking to Ms. Johnson, officers observed her speech to be slurred and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her person," Shoun states in her report. "Ms. Johnson stated that she ran because she didn't want to go to jail." At that time, Johnson was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication and evading arrest.
   "As officers attempted to escort Ms. Johnson into the patrol car, she became very violent and belligerent. She made a lunge at (me) and had to be further restrained," Shoun states in her report, adding that Johnson made threats that if the officers continued she would kill them and advised Shoun to "just wait 'til you get out of that uniform."
   When officers had finally placed Johnson into Shoun's police cruiser, she began attempting to kick the back window of the vehicle out, according to reports. Due to her behavior, Johnson was further charged with resisting arrest.