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COVINGTON — A man is facing multiple charges including attempted removal of a police officer’s weapon after he allegedly tried to take a Taser away from an officer during a scuffle.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. on April 30, according to a report from the Covington Police Department. An officer was dispatched to a residence on Turner Lake Road in reference to a report of two suspicious men sitting in a vehicle and allegedly smoking crystal meth.

When the officer arrived, he saw two men in black Dodge Challenger. He approached the vehicle and reported hearing what sounded like a glass pipe hitting the ground on the driver’s side. He had the driver, identified as Christopher Treshanne Ashby, 37, of Conley and the passenger, identified as Dustin Neil Aldridge, 27, of Covington, exit the vehicle. The officer reported seeing an unbroken meth pipe laying on the ground near where Ashby had been sitting, with what appeared to be meth residue inside.

The officer told Ashby he was under arrest and attempted to put handcuffs on him, but Ashby allegedly pulled away and began walking away. Ashby allegedly refused to cooperate and kept pulling away, and the third time it occurred, the officer forced him to the ground. Ashby allegedly kept trying to get up and the officer radioed for assistance.

When Ashby was able to get to his knees, the officer stepped back and pulled his Taser. Ashby allegedly started to run away and the officer fired his Taser, striking Ashby, who fell back down.

When the officer went to place the man in handcuffs, Ashby allegedly rolled over and grabbed the Taser with one hand and punched the officer with his other hand. They scuffled for several minutes before other officers arrived to assist in restraining and cuffing Ashby. He was searched and officers allegedly found a bag containing several different types of pills and a bag of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.

The first officer went back to where Aldridge was and noticed him standing next to the meth pipe, which was now broken. Aldridge was taken into custody and he complained of chest pains.

Both men were transported to Piedmont Newton Hospital for treatment and then transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center.

Ashby was charged with attempted removal of an officer’s weapon, felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug related objects, and drugs not in original container.

Aldridge was charged with interference with evidence, misdemeanor obstruction, and possession of methamphetamine.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.