GENEVA — Geneva police officers tackled and tased a 19-year-old Ashtabula man early Thursday morning as his tried to escape arrest, Geneva Police Officer Roger Wilt said, finding 10 grams of freshly made methamphetamine in the teenager’s sweatshirt pocket.
Joseph Hadlock resisted arrest and was tased into compliance, police reports show, and now faces felony drug and fleeing charges, court records state.
Wilt conducted a routine traffic stop on Woodlawn Street at 3:10 a.m.
“While speaking with the driver, I could smell a chemical-type odor coming from the interior of the vehicle,” Wilt said.
Wilt said he noticed the front seat passenger, Michael Jordan, 24, of Geneva, had a camouflaged backpack between his feet and Hadlock was wanted on a felony drug warrant.
“Hadlock hesitated, and when he was informed he was under arrest, I grabbed his left wrist and began to reach for my cuffs,” Wilt said. “Sgt. (Joseph) Webb attempted to grab Hadlock’s right arm and Hadlock tried turning around.”
Wilt said the officers told Hadlock not to resist and tried to lean him over the car.
“He pushed off, breaking free from both of us,” Wilt said. “He started to run, and I tackled him by the waist, taking him to the ground. I placed him in a wrist lock and ordered him to put his hand behind his back as he continued to resist.”
Webb deployed the taser, a non-lethal use of force, and Hadlock became compliant and told the officers he “had some drugs” in his pocket.
Wilt said he found “rolled up coffee filters” in Hadlock’s sweatshirt pocket.
“I unrolled them and found a large amount of a white, chalky substance, consistent with a fresh-made batch of meth,” Wilt said. “The coffee filters were the chemical smell that I detected when first making contact with the vehicle.”