JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man Monday on several charges after he was stopped in a known drug location.
According to a JCPD news release, around 6 p.m. officers saw two men leaving the location and one man was identified as Richard W. Wright, Jr.,, 43, of Johnson City.
Officers determined Wright was currently out on parole for prior burglaries out of Virginia, and was currently out on bond for felony evading from JCPD.
A records check revealed Wright had an active warrant out of Carter County for a failure to appear.
Wright was handcuffed and searched, and he was found with a small baggie in his hand.
When officers tried to take the baggie, Wright pulled away and tried run away.
According to the release, Wright was taken to the ground where he started thrashing and kicking at officers.
Wright then reportedly took the baggie and swallowed it.
He was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, unlawful drug equipment, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
Officers took Wright to the hospital to be checked and was then taken to the Washington County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.
He was scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
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