Breckenridge Police officers arrested a Euclid, Minn., man Monday morning on a second degree felony drug charge and resisting arrest.
Justin Lee Armstrong, 35, was charged with possessing more than three grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell after officers located him on an active felony arrest warrant. He was arraigned in Wilkin County Court Tuesday, Oct. 15.
“He had a felony warrant from East Grand Forks and ran from officers there, and we had information he was here,” said Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder on Tuesday. “Officers found his vehicle Monday morning and arrested him. He resisted, he was Tased and we found quite a bit of meth on him.”
According to a criminal complaint, officers were given Armstrong’s photo and advised of his active warrant, along with a description of the vehicle he was driving, a 2008 Honda Civic. Officers located the vehicle in the backyard of a home in the 400 block of South Ninth Street in Breckenridge and approached the residence.
Officer Patrick Kirsch went to the backyard while Officer Kris Karlgaard went to the front door, the report states.
With the glass storm door closed, Karlgaard observed the defendant standing in the bathroom through the open front door, and directed Armstrong to come to the door. The defendant looked at the officer, who again said, “come to me,” but the defendant left the bathroom and walked out of sight of the officer, according to the complaint.
The officer entered the residence while he continued yelling commands to the defendant to come to him. He drew his duty weapon and proceeded to the area where he last saw the defendant, the report states. The officer went through a partially-opened bedroom door and saw the defendant hiding behind it.
Karlgaard ordered Armstrong at least twice to get on the ground, but he refused to obey the order. The officer pushed the defendant back to create distance between them, and the defendant then moved to his right and concealed himself behind a coat racked with shirts hanging on it. The officer witnessed the defendant put both of his hands behind his back, while he repeatedly ordered Armstrong to show his hands, the complaint states. The defendant refused to follow orders.
Karlgaard then holstered his weapon and through the use of his Taser, was eventually able to subdue the defendant after a struggle.
Armstrong was placed under arrest and Breckenridge Police Officers located plastic bags and containers with white crystal substances inside, which were later identified as 4.75 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale. A digital scale was also found, along with a Winchester folding knife located on top of some clothing in the exact spot where the defendant was standing with his hands behind his back. It fit perfectly into the Winchester holster that was on the defendant’s belt, the complaint states.
The felony drug possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine or both. The obstruction of legal process-interfering with a peace officer charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.