Missouri man wanted on parole violations arrested after scuffle with police

Joplin, Mo., police look on as paramedics with Metro Emergency Transport System load John Henry, 42, into an ambulance on Saturday.

A Missouri man wanted on four parole violation charges was arrested Saturday after his bike riding led to a scuffle with police.

John Henry, 42, was taken to a Joplin, Mo., hospital then returned to the city jail, where he will face city charges of resisting arrest, according to Sgt. Trevor Duncan.

Duncan said police spotted Henry riding a bicycle and told him to stop. He refused to do so and eluded police, riding through parking lots and down alleys. He was eventually stopped but resisted when police tried to take him into custody, said Duncan.

“He resisted, and we had to use force,” Duncan said.

He said two officers also suffered cuts and bruises. Henry complained of injuries, and an ambulance was called to take him to a Joplin hospital, where he was “medically cleared,” the sergeant said.

Henry was on parole, police said, after being convicted of two felony charges of possessing a controlled substance, one felony charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and a weapons charge.

Duncan said Henry will remain in the Joplin City Jail until the city charges of resisting arrest are filed, then he will be turned over to authorities in Jasper County, Mo.

Redden writes for the Joplin (Mo.) Globe.

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