Covington police officer injured arresting man who allegedly resisted

Arnetta Hicks and David Brewster, arrested in Covington.
Arnetta Hicks and David Brewster, arrested in Covington.(Covington Police Department)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 9:14 AM EDT
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COVINGTON, Va. (WDBJ) - A Covington Police officer was injured early Wednesday morning attempting to arrest a man who wouldn’t cooperate, according to the Covington Police Department Facebook page.

Police say the officer attempted to pull over a vehicle being driven by Arnetta Hicks, in the area of East Cherry Street and South Highland Avenue, but when Hicks failed to stop, the officer turned on the emergency lights.

Police say during the chase, Hicks and passenger David Brewster threw what was later identified as illegal drugs out of the vehicle. Hicks later stopped the vehicle in an alley between the 300 block of East Fudge Street and East Pine Street.

Brewster tried to run off, but was caught behind a home in the 300 block of East Fudge Street after a struggle with the officer, according to police. During the struggle, Brewster took the officer’s taser, leading the officer to hold Brewster at gunpoint until additional units arrived.

The officer and Brewster were treated for minor injuries at Lewis Gale Alleghany Regional Hospital and released. Police say a backpack in the area where Brewster was arrested contained a significant amount of marijuana and methamphetamine. A gun was also discovered at the scene.

Evidence found after arrest in Covington.
Evidence found after arrest in Covington.(Covington Police Department)

Hicks was charged with felony eluding and multiple traffic violations. Brewster was charged with disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine. Police say additional charges might be filed depending on the outcome of the investigation.

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police assisted with the arrest of the subject and provided security during the incident.

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