STORY AND PHOTOS BY COLIN KRIEGER
A Northside man is behind bars after fighting with police at a roadside checkpoint Sunday afternoon. According to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen, Ricky Javon Roland, 27, ingested a “white powdery substance” just as he was flagged down at the checkpoint on Airline Road by the old Justice Court building Sunday around 1 p.m.
Columbus Police Officer Raymond Hackler noticed Roland acting erratically as he pulled his Chevrolet Malibu over to the shoulder of the road. Fellow officers Stephen Kemp, Vincent Samuel, Joseph Strevel and radley Frost immediately ran to assist after Hackler alerted them that Roland was trying to eat the “white powdery substance.”
As officers attempted to stop the suspect from swallowing the item (assumed to be cocaine), Roland violently resisted, kicking Frost and Hackler as they attempted to extrude him from the vehicle. After wrestling with Roland for several minutes, the group of officers were able to handcuff him and lay him in the back of a nearby patrol car. Roland continually berated the officers, claiming his innocence at the top of his lungs, “Man I didn’t do nothin!! Ya’ll hurt my leg man! Ya’ll hurt my leg…for nuttin!!”
E-911 dispatchers sent an ambulance to the scene to transport Roland to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle to check on both his injured leg and his sobriety. Narcotics Officer Don Richardson was called to the scene to inspect the car for drugs. Richardson discovered a large plastic bag that contained over one ounce of common marijuana, along with some cash and a fifth of Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve No. 2 Gin.
Roland, of 1124 Waterworks Road in Columbus, was charged with driving with a suspended license, no insurance, resisting arrest and a felony charge of possession of marijuana, for which he is being held without bond (as of press time.)