Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bloody Fight with Officer

Here's the story behind this bloody mugshot.

This is Jimmy Lee Stokes III, 33, of Augusta. Deputy Eugene Brantley stopped him in a 2007 Dodge Magnum on Monday evening for running a red light on Wrightsboro Road, according to a sheriff's report. When the deputy ran the suspect's name on his computer, he discovered that Mr. Stokes was wanted in Columbia County on a charge of credit card fraud.

The deputy announced he was placing Mr. Stokes under arrest and tried to escort him back to his patrol car. But the suspect resisted and started running away, the report states.

"A brief chase and fight ensued as Stokes attempted to escape before wrestling him to the ground and placing him under arrest," Deputy Brantley wrote in his report. "Stokes sustained a laceration to the back of his head, a small fracture to his left leg and other small scrapes and bruises."

Deputy Brantley suffered small scrapes on the knuckles of both hands.

Mr. Stokes was transported to the Medical College of Georgia for treatment before being taken to jail. And instead of a simple traffic violation and Columbia County charge, Mr. Stokes' decision to fight arrest has resulted in three more charges, fleeing or attempting to elude and two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

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