Man wanted for drug distribution arrested after running from deputies

CANE BEDS, Arizona – A man who attempted to evade arrest Tuesday was finally taken into custody after fleeing from deputies in Cane Beds, Arizona.

At about 11:40 a.m., Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Cane Beds residence, where two women told them they were the only people on the property, according to a press release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeremiah Roland Johnson, of Cane Beds, Arizona, booking photo posted April 21, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Jail bookings, St. George News
Jeremiah Roland Johnson, of Cane Beds, Arizona, booking photo posted April 21, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kane County Jail bookings, St. George News

Deputies then made contact with a male subject at the front door of the residence, according to the press release, while another deputy covered the back of the home.

“The deputy covering the rear exit observed fresh dirt scuffle marks leading to under a parked vehicle,” the press release said. “The deputy looked under the vehicle and observed a male subject.”

The deputy announced himself and told the man hiding under the car to show his hands. The man, later identified as Jeremiah Roland Johnson, 27, of Cane Beds, scooted out from underneath the vehicle on the opposite side from where the deputy was standing and ran.

Deputies followed Johnson as he jumped over fences and ran along the main driveway of the property, according to the press release. As the driveway looped back toward the home, another deputy caught up with Johnson.

“As deputies were taking Johnson into custody he struggled,” the press release said. “Johnson would not comply with the deputy’s commands.”

Eventually, the deputies were able to take Johnson into custody.

“Johnson complained of ankle and knee pain which he said he injured when he tripped to avoid being captured,” the press release said. “Johnson also complained of soreness to his right shoulder from the struggle.”

Deputies searched Johnson and found a pipe with residue, a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, small crystalline pieces in a glass container, and two yellow pills inside his coin pocket, according to the press release.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and took Johnson to Kane County Hospital in Kanab, where he was treated for his injuries and then medically released. Johnson was then taken to Kane County Jail.

Johnson was booked on charges of resisting arrest, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a warrant issued out of Kane County for possessing drugs with the intent to sell them.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • native born new mexican April 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I wonder if Mohave county is going to release video of this event. Mohave county law enforcement and courts have a terrible reputation and they deserve it. They are not going to show video of this event because unlike the arrest in Washington county they beat this guy up. I can see the big scratch on his face. They were so rough that he needed to be hospitalized. Sorry guys i don’t believe you when you tell the reporter that he injured himself. Watch the Washington county arrest video and hopefully learn something from it. Your behavior is what gives law enforcement a BAD name.

    • ArizonaPreacher April 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more Native. I know for a fact they beat him, it was my little brother, and there is video, he did not injure himself, he was on the ground, handcuffed with three deputies holding him down, he was yelling for help, asking them to stop, while he was being held down, Deputy Portillo, hit him at least 3 times that I counted. Of course they won’t show the video, although even if they do, nothing will be done. The incident will be investigated by another law enforcement agency which will, more likely than not, rule the deputy’s actions justified. I am getting so fed up with seeing this happen on a daily basis, and had a feeling it was just a matter of time before it happened close to home. These officers need to be held accountable. I am a strong supporter of law enforcement when they do their jobs according to the law, but this is ridiculous. Judge as you may, this just shows how successful the war on drugs has been. I’m not saying the guy didn’t deserve to be arrested, but there is no reason for using physical force on a subject when there are three cops on top of one guy (who probably weighs half of any one of the officers) while he was cuffed. He was not a threat once he was restrained, and even if so, isn’t that what a tazer is for? I guess he’s just lucky they showed enough restraint and didn’t shoot him.

  • sagemoon April 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Dang tweeker.

  • Free Parking April 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Good job by law enforcement one less scum bag out on the streets

  • Brent Dunlap April 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Great work mojave county. The guys meth addict friends sure like to make hyperbolic comments like he was beaten by being punched three times. Arrested for drug dealing warrants and holding meth. What a winner. His parents must be beaming. Look at his booking photo he is fine, minus the meth sores on his face. Keep fighting the good fight gentlemen and keep cleaning up this trash.

  • Sherrell April 26, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Hey Brent, Sagemoon, yose tokin bout my peeps there, my dirty relatives, my critics, my haters, the ignorant of the ignorant. Trash??? God don’t make no junk. They do that to themselves.

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