Affidavit: Woman arrested for helping drug suspect evade police

Affidavit: Woman arrested for helping drug suspect evade police

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman is charged with hindering the apprehension of a drug suspect involved in an altercation with police on Friday, Jan. 9, according to the Jonesboro Police Department.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Region 8 News, Jessica Rae Coleman (Cook), attempted to help Brandon Johnson evade police.

Johnson was shot Jan. 9 by police while agents with the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force attempted to serve a warrant on drug violations at a home on Johnson Avenue. Johnson was then taken to a local hospital, where police say on Monday he walked off against doctor's orders before they could serve him with a warrant.

The affidavit stated that Coleman was with Johnson at an apartment on Lawson Road on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Police surveyed the apartment when Coleman and Johnson got into a vehicle. Arkansas State Police then attempted a traffic stop before Johnson "led police on a lengthy vehicle pursuit before eventually being taken into custody", the affidavit stated.

During a subsequent interview, Coleman admitted to police that she picked up Johnson from a home on Meadowbrook Street and brought him to her residence. She also reportedly knew Johnson was wanted by police but allowed him to stay overnight at her residence.

"Coleman confirmed that she was aware he was wanted by authorities yet still agreed to assist him with both concealing him and providing him transportation out of Jonesboro in an obvious attempt to escape apprehension", the affidavit stated.

Bench warrants were issued for the arrest of Johnson on charges of aggravated assault, fleeing in a vehicle, and possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver.

Johnson and Coleman will appear in court February.

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