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NPD's Holt injures hand in arrest

Published: 10:39 AM, 12/10/2009 Last updated: 10:39 AM, 12/10/2009

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Capt. James Holt injured his right hand when arresting Shawn D. Meeks, 34, of 189 Harbin Road, in Dandridge, on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Holt was treated at a hospital and released with bandages on his hand, according to a spokesperson with the Newport Police Department.

Meeks was arrested at 653 8th Street, in Newport, and charged with robbery, failure to appear/capias, resisting stop, halt, frisk, and escape, Schedule II morphine, Schedule II Percocet, and Schedule II Percocet intent for sale and delivery, according to a report by the NPD that listed Holt as the arresting officer.

Police went to the 8th Street residence at about 7:15 p.m. to serve a warrant on Meeks for robbery and capias out of Sessions Court. The homeowner allegedly gave Holt and three other officers permission to enter. Meeks was found in the back bedroom of the residence.

When Holt said he had a warrant for his arrest, Meeks stood up with a needle with some clear fluid in it and stated he was "not going back to jail."

Meeks then allegedly fought with Holt, Sgt. Terry Lawson, and patrolmen Matthew Elliott and Robbie McMahan.

Meeks also tried to jump out the bedroom window, was handcuffed, and patted down, allegedly for the safety of the officers.

Meeks had a medicine bottle in a pants pocket with the name Steve Blaine on the bottle. It had five morphine (30 mg) pills. Meeks also allegedly had 30 1/2 count Percocets on him.

While placed in a patrol car, Meeks allegedly took off running from officers and was captured a short distance on foot on 8th Street.

Holt was reportedly treated at Baptist Hospital for the injury to his hand.


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