Special to SEGAZINE
A man who was being actively sought by authorities in Georgia for allegedly assaulting a police officer was found Friday and arrested, Nassau County police said in a news release.
John Jones, 28, was arraigned Oct. 4 at First District Court in Hempstead. Judge Eric Bjorneby ordered him held without bail after he was charged with being a fugitive from justice. He will appear again in a Nassau courtroom on Oct. 7.
Members of the US Marshals New York-New Jersey Regional Task Force and Nassau County Police Fugitive Section nabbed Jones at 6:45 a.m. inside a home at 20 James LL Burell Ave. Detectives said he had open arrest warrants in Stewart County, Ga., on charges of assaulting a police officer, eluding a police officer, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
On Aug. 18, authorities in Georgia were trying to locate Jones and question him in connection with a burglary, when an acquaintance contacted police and informed officers that he saw Jones driving through the town of Richland, according to Richland Police Chief Robbie Wells. Jones was reportedly driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe as he passed through the town of about 1,800 people.
“My officer saw [his] Tahoe and pursued it,” Wells told Examiner.com in a telephone interview. After the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Jones allegedly fled and “flew through town at 100 mph.”
The police chief said Jones continued to lead cops on a high-speed pursuit through residential areas, crashed into a fence, rammed a police car and finally took off on foot after police pushed his SUV into a ditch. A police officer was injured during the incident.