Howard Charged with Evading Arrest

August 23, 2011
Dwayne Page
Johnny Michael Howard

A 48 year old man had a run in with the law last Saturday, August 20

Johnny Michael Howard of Billings Road, Sparta is charged with two counts of evading arrest, one count of resisting arrest, one count of public intoxication, and one count of criminal impersonation. His bond totals $7,500 and he will be in court on September 1.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that on Saturday, August 20, a deputy was called to respond to a possible assault at a location on Highway 70. When he arrived, the officer spotted Howard but when Howard saw the officer, he began to run. A few minutes later, Howard returned, but when the deputy identified himself as an officer, Howard ran away again. The deputy went after Howard but lost him in the woods. Later, another officer showed up and made contact with Howard. When the deputy identified himself as an officer, Howard ran but this officer caught him within some thirty yards. Howard said the reason he ran was because he is on probation in White County.

Howard was charged with resisting arrest after refusing the deputy's commands to remain flat on the ground and to place his hands behind his back. He kept trying to get up off the ground.

The criminal impersonation charge was filed against Howard after he told the arresting officer that his name was Jimmy Bain. After further questioning, he admitted that his real name was Johnny Howard. Howard was also charged with public intoxication after the officer found that he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet

Meanwhile, 25 year old Kaitlyn Ann Snuffer of Cookeville is charged with driving on a suspended license. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 7. She was also issued a citation for having an expired tag on her vehicle and for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance).Snuffer will appear in court on the citations on September 28.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Monday, August 15, Snuffer was pulled over by a deputy on Highway 70 for having an expired license tag. A computer check revealed that her license were suspended on September 4, 2010 in North Carolina for failure to appear.

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