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Traffic stop nets drug arrest
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After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit and arrest of the truck’s passenger.

According to the Covington Police Department (CPD) incident report, Swann noticed the truck initially in the drive-thru of the Taco Bell on Highway 278.

“I recognized the truck from earlier incidents where individuals in the truck were subsequently arrested from drug charges and active warrants,” he reported. “I also knew the truck was registered to an address on South Nelson Drive, a known drug house.”

Swann reportedly began following the truck from a distance and eventually activated his emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop. That’s when, according to the report, the truck’s passenger, identified as Shawn Callaway, exited the truck, ran in front of Swann’s patrol car and ran away from the scene. Callaway was reportedly carrying a black bag when he got out of the truck and ran away.

CPD Officer Aimee Oliver arrived as Callaway was attempting to climb a chain-link fence. Callaway fell to the ground and was placed under arrest. The black bag was no longer with him, however it was located in the yard of one of the houses Callaway ran past.

“Callaway initially stated the bag was his, however, when he saw the items lying next to the bag, he stated it was not his bag,” Swann reported, adding a digital scale and a glass pipe with white residue, appearing to be methamphetamine, were lying on the ground next to the bag.

Callaway reportedly told the officers the bag was his, but the scale and pipe were not. Inside the bag boxes for the scale and pipe were located.

Swann spoke with the driver who said she did not know Callaway was planning on running from the vehicle. She was released without charges.

Callaway was transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center and charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction.