Man arrested after fighting with officers

Man arrested after fighting with officers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested a man wanted by Trumann authorities after he ran from and fought with them.

Officer Nathan Coleman stated in the initial incident report he noticed a man riding a bicycle without a light shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The man, who was identified as 39-year-old Joseph Nelms, was in the 200 block of E. Center Street.

"Mr. Nelms showed to have a warrant from Trumann PD," Coleman said. "Trumann PD advised that their warrant was valid and that they would come pick him up."

When officers approached Nelms, he attempted to run through the officers.

Officer Mary Curtis was able to grab Nelms's arm and tackle him to the ground, but Coleman said Nelms refused to cooperate and swung his arms around.

Coleman said during the struggle, Nelms was able to take his left sock off and was trying to turn it inside out.

"It was clear that he was trying to get rid of whatever was inside his sock," Coleman said, adding that he suspected the item in his sock to be narcotics.

After being tased twice, officers were able to get Nelms's hands behind his back to handcuff him. Police then located a suspected baggie of methamphetamine at Nelms' feet.

Nelms was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center. He was charged with battery, resisting arrest, fleeing, possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and an out of town warrant.

According to the report, Curtis was taken to the hospital due to an open wound on her knee. She received two stitches.

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