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Man arrested after leading deputies on chase through woods
Johnny Michael Howard of Sparta, 48, was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and charged with two counts of evading arrest, one count of resisting arrest, 1 count of public intoxication, and one count of criminal impersonation. His bond is $7500 and he will be in court on Sept. 1.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Howard was taken into custody on Aug 20 after leading two deputies on a chase through the woods when officials responding to an assault call spotted him in the area and he ran.The sheriff says that deputies dispatched to check out a possible assault on Highway 70 saw Howard, who took off on foot when hailed by one of the lawmen, at the scene. Howard allegedly returned, the deputy identified himself, and Howard took off again,The officer reportedly lost Howard in the woods.Howard was reportedly soon spotted by another deputy in the area, and attempted to escape from him as well.This time he was allegedly captured about 30 yards away and told deputy that he ran because he was on probation in White County.The resisting charge apparently resulted when Howard was told several times to get flat on the ground and did not comply.Ray says that Howard was charged with criminal impersonation after allegedly giving his name as as Jimmy Bain when first apprehended, deputies say that after further questioning he revealed his name to be Johnnny Howard.He was further charged with Public Intoxication when deputies judged him to be unsteady and smell strongly of alcohol.