Fugitive arrested during routine traffic stop

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 05:06 AM

John Karl Garner, 26, of Harris Henrietta Road in Henrietta, was arrested Tuesday during a routine vehicle stop after officers with the Rutherfordton Police Department located marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Early Tuesday morning, Garner was taken into custody by Rutherfordton officers and promptly turned over to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office for several outstanding charges.

According to a police report filed with the Sheriff's Office, on June 30 a sheriff's deputy began to pursue Garner nearby Harris Henrietta Road and Ferry Road, after he failed to stop at a stop sign.

The deputy chased Garner down Hogan Road as he attempted to elude arrest and resist public officers.

A second sheriff's deputy picked up and continued to chase Garner on Hogan Road and then followed him onto U.S. Highway 221 south.

While pursuing him down Highway 221 towards the South Carolina state line, Garner wrecked his vehicle and began to flee on foot.

Deputies were unable to catch or locate Garner that evening after attempting to use canines to track him.

According to the report, drug paraphernalia and a schedule II controlled substance were located by deputies inside Garner's wrecked vehicle.

When he was arrested on Tuesday, Garner was charged with two counts felony fleeing to elude arrest, two counts driving while license revoked, two counts reckless driving to endanger, failure to heed a light or siren, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition, Garner was served with two outstanding warrants that were issued on June 26, a few days prior to the vehicle chase, for failure to appear on misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

Garner had received citations for driving while license revoked on Feb. 17 and April 10 for which he failed to appear in court, resulting in an order for arrest.

He received secured bonds totaling $80,000 for all 15 charges.

Garner has a history of criminal charges including possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, multiple driving while license revoked and resisting public officer charges and several motor vehicle violations.

Prior to his most recent incarceration, he was convicted of driving while license revoked, vehicle registration violation, unauthorized sale of a license plate and operation of a motor vehicle without financial responsibility in 2012.