Two Paris men and a Dresden woman were arrested on drug charges Friday night on South Market Street and Veterans Drive after one attempted to flee on foot.
Christopher Michael Evins, 37, of 305 S. Highland St., was arrested on three warrants, including evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia, and four new charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, simple possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. Evins is listed as having the Highland Street address in the incident report, and living at 1121 Belmont St. in his arrest report.
Christina Marie Barker, 32, of Dresden was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, simple possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and altering or falsifying registration.
Justin L. Tharpe, 32, of 426 Harrison Lane, who fled the scene and was caught, was arrested for resisting arrest as well as on previous warrants for faiure to appear in court, simple assault, domestic assault and evading arrest.
According to an incident report by Paris Police Patrolman David Beauvais, he responded at 11:11 p.m. Friday to a call of suspicious activity at a home on South Market Street that was supposed to be vacant.
When he arrived, he found a black 1998 Nissan Sentra in the driveway. A black male in a red shirt, later identified as Tharpe, ran from the vehicle as he approached. Beauvais said he alerted other city police that someone had run from the scene. PPD Sgt. Jamie James and PPD Patrolman Ashley Neumair arrived as backup officers.
Evins was in the driver’s seat when Beauvais approached and Barker was in the passenger’s seat. Evins identified himself, and Beauvais recognized the name from warrants.
He detained Evins until the sheriff’s department could confirm the warrants. When they did, Evins was placed under arrest.
Beauvais said there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, so Barker was detained while the vehicle was searched.
Beauvais found a set of digital scales in the center console. The scales had residue on them that tested positively in a field test for methamphetamine.
He also found a cigarette box containing two small plastic bags. One contained 1.2 grams of a crystal-like substance that also tested positively for meth. The other contained 2.7 grams of psilocybin mushrooms.
Another small plastic bag was found between the driver’s seat and the door. This bag contained 2.7 grams of marijuana.
Beauvais found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth as well as three hypodermic needles in a makeup bag in the backseat.
When Beauvais ran the plates on the vehicle, they did not come back on file. Beauvais said different plates should have been on the car.
The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Barker and Evins were both placed under arrest. They are each scheduled to appear today in Henry County General Sessions Court and were each placed under a bond of $25,000.
According to further report by PPD Lt. Ean Reed, Tharpe was seen heading through the wooded area between the train tracks and Veterans Drive. PPD Patrolman Chad Andrews and Reed went to Veterans Drive to pursue him.
Tharpe was found hiding behind a tree and was told to come out and surrender himself. He refused.
Andrews moved toward the wooded area and Tharpe began moving closer to Reed.
Reed told him to stop and get on the ground, and the third time Tharpe refused, Reed used his stun gun. Tharpe fell to the ground and was handcuffed and arrested.
He is due to appear today in General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $5,000.
In other incidents:
• A Paris man was arrested early Thursday morning after a pursuit that began on Highway 79 southwest of Paris.
Matthew T. Hamilton, 37, of 218 Wilson St., was arrested at 4:11 a.m. for evading arrest, reckless driving and driving on a cancelled, suspended or revoked license by Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick.
According to Bostwick’s report, he saw a vehicle very quickly cross Highway 79 from Van Dyke Road without stopping.
As Bostwick turned down Routon Truck Stop Road, the vehicle began driving more recklessly. Bostwick said the vehicle drove through a yard, jumped a ditch and crossed the railroad tracks on Cates Road very recklessly.
Bostwick caught up with the vehicle where it was stopped at Steele Road and Highway 79, but said it took off again.
Bostwick turned his blue lights on to pursue and saw things being thrown from the vehicle.
The vehicle turned into a parking lot and attempted to back out on Lumber Road. The driver opened the door as he was driving about 15 miles per hour and tried to jump out, but fell and was run over by the rear portion of the vehicle.
Hamilton got up and ran into the woods. After backup law enforcement arrived, K-9 unit Rowdy was sent to search for Hamilton. The dog tracked Hamilton down in the wooded area and he was arrested.
Hamilton is to appear today in General Sessions Court. He was placed under a bond of $5,000.