Officers' wrestling match with suspect ends in wrist injury during dangerous drug seizure

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 22, 2013 

Columbus Police say a wrestling match stemming from a man's attempt to escape arrest ended in an officer's injury during a seizure of almost $3,000 worth of dangerous drugs Wednesday.

Brandon Dubose, 24, faced charges of false information and felony obstruction during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing. Amber Goodson, 24, faced charges of possession of a dangerous drug, two counts of failure to use a turn signal and drugs outside of original container.

Officer Jason Carden told the court that he and Officer Michael Aguilar were patrolling the area of Washington Avenue and Thomas Street at about 1:46 a.m., when they noticed Goodson failed to use a turn signal in her 2001 Toyota Corolla. The officer's followed her, and when she failed to use the turn signal again, initiated a stop.

Police were attempting to verify Dubose's fake name, George McCrary, when he allegedly attempted to flee. The chase ended shortly after, with Carden and Aguilar wrestling Dubose to the ground while Dubose continued to kick at the officers, Carden said.

Carden said Aguilar's wrist was injured during the officer's struggle to handcuff Dubose, leading to a felony obstruction charge for the suspect.

But Aguilar wasn't the only one injured. After he was tackled to the ground, Dubose complained of injuries to his face and leg. He sported a swollen eye during Thursday's hearing.

During the hearing, public defense lawyer Charles Lykins questioned whether the injuries came from excessive force, claims which Carden emphatically denied.

"The injuries he sustained only occurred after he failed to cooperate and struggled with police," Carden said.

Dubose, however, claimed he never struggled with officers.

"I did not resist arrest after I ran," he said. "I gave up. These officers are bigger than me. I couldn't put up a fight against them."

After detaining Dubose, officers asked Goodson if they could search her vehicle. She consented, which led to the discovery of 260 pills of 50 mg strength Topiramate. The drug is frequently prescribed for migraines in adults and epilepsy in children. It was recently approved by the FDA for weight loss.

Each pill's street value is estimated by the police department at $10, leading to a total value of $2,600.

Goodson claimed possession of the pills, and told officers that a friend got them for her.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Goodson's bond at $4,000.

Dubose's bond was set at $2,500 for his obstruction charge. He was fined $200 for providing a false name to officers.

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