Suspected drug dealer puts up a fight before arrest

JONESBORO, Ark. – It took a fight to bring down what police believe was a suspected drug dealer following a traffic stop Saturday.

It began just before 5 p.m. Saturday at the 500-block of Marshall Street, when Officer Michael Talley began a traffic stop of a silver Ford Escape with a driver not wearing a seatbelt.

“The passenger struggled with getting his name and date of birth out from the beginning, which made me suspicious,” Talley wrote in the report.

He also smelled marijuana, he said. With an ID that did not “remotely resemble” the suspect, Chavis F. Goodwin, 27, of Blytheville, the officer ordered him to put his hands behind his back. 

Instead, Goodwin took off running westbound. Talley attempted to tase the suspect, but missed and began a foot pursuit, leading to the 1800-block of Cedar Heights. Talley said he was close enough to strike the man in the thigh with his baton, causing him to fall to the ground.

However, Talley got on the man who continued to put up a fight, attempting to take the baton from the officer, according to the report.

“I held on to the baton with one hand and struck the subject in the body and face with my fist and elbows, “Talley reported. “He turned over and continued to have his hands on my baton.”

Another officer ran up, shouting “taser, taser, taser!” Aware of what was coming next, the report indicates Goodwin immediately released his hands and gave up. He was not tased.

Once in custody, officers found a bag inside of the pants leg of Goodwin, with two large bags containing 10 smaller bags of marijuana, weighing 15 grams. Officers also found Goodwin’s actual ID, revealing his true identity, the report said.

Goodwin faces charges of possession of a schedule six substance with intent to deliver, a felony, along with misdemeanors including resisting, obstruction, fleeing, and non-payment of fines and failure to appear.

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