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Traffic stop for littering in Floyd County leads to felony obstruction, drug charges for Trion man

According to a Floyd County Incident report, on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, at around 7:25 PM, Officer Wright and K-9 Lt. Hovers were traveling north on GA 101 behind a silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While behind the vehicle, they observed the driver, later identified as Pasqual Ramariz London, 35 of Trion, extend his left arm out of the window and litter. Both officers conducted a traffic stop just north of Isbel Road on GA 101. They explained to Pasqual explained the reason for the traffic stop. Lt. Hovers reported, "[I] stepped up to the passenger side door, briefly spoke with the driver and observed him be very fidgety, beginning to sweat and repeated some of the questions [I] was asking (very nervous)." Officers advised Pasqual that he was only going to be given a warning for littering. Lt. Hovers asked Pasqual if he could search his pockets, and he gave consent. Lt. Hovers reported, "Once my left hand touched the outside of his left front pocket [I] immediately felt what appeared to have been a glass smoking device which is commonly used for smoking meth." While attempting to arrest Pasqual, he broke free and began running. Officer Wright was able to grab his shirttail, ripping it. Lt. Hovers yelled, "stop or [I] will release the dog," but he refused to stop. Knowing that Lt. Hovers was about to deploy K9 Lex, Officer Wright came to a stop and remained still. Lex was deployed and quickly ran passed the officers as they continued to chase Pasqual on foot. Pasqual pulled out three baggies containing meth from his person, tore the baggies open, and emptied them into some brush while fleeing. Capt. Lex quickly apprehended the suspect by applying the bite and hold technique. During Capt. Lex's apprehension the suspect struck him several times on the head before Lt. Hovers and Officer Wright could get to him. Lt. Hovers yelled at Pasqual to stop hitting the K-9. Officers struck Pasqual with a closed fist as he was still attempting to strike Capt. Lex. Pasqual was taken to Floyd Hospital and treated for the K-9 bite and then transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with felony possession of meth, felony possession of drug-related objects, felony tampering with evidence, and felony obstruction. A hold was placed on the vehicle for RFMDTF.