A 35-year-old man from Whigham, Ga., Grady County, was arrested in West Bainbridge on Friday, May 16 after he was pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol trooper, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.
David Kennedy, 35, of 471 Whigham Road, Whigham, was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and aggravated assault, according to the Decatur County Jail.
A statement from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office:
On Friday, May 16, 2014, Sgt. Jason Williams responded to Dothan Rd. and Pierce St. in reference to assisting Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Brian Palmer on a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, Trooper Palmer asked David Kennedy to spit out drugs Kennedy had in his mouth. Kennedy refused. Trooper Palmer along with Investigator Redell Walton, Bainbridge Public Safety Officer, Ashley McMillian, and Sgt. Williams took Kennedy to the ground when he began to actively resist. Kennedy refused to place his hands behind his back.
Sgt. Williams observed Kennedy chewing something in his mouth in an attempt to swallow it. Sgt. Williams used his hand to grab Kennedy’s throat, applying minimum pressure, to keep him from being able to swallow the unknown narcotics. Sgt. Williams observed a bag of suspected marijuana along with some loose suspected marijuana come out of Kennedy’s mouth.
Decatur County E.M.S. was called to check Kennedy for a possible broken arm and any sort of damage to his throat. Kennedy was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge and then to the Decatur Co. Jail for processing. Kennedy was cleared by the E.R. doctor.