A Sweetwater man was arrested for running May 6 after a Sweetwater Police officer spotted him driving and knew he had a revoked license.

Officer Jarren Turpeinen said it was a few minutes after 10 p.m. when he stopped a silver Honda on Murray’s Chapel Road because he knew the driver, Joshua Kareem McCowan, had a warrant for his arrest and also had a revoked license.

Turpeinen said he told McCowan he was wanted for violating his probation and McCowan asked if he could pull his car over somewhere or drive back to the Motel 6 and park it.

Turpeinen said he told McCowan several times he could not let him do that, but he would call somebody to come and get the car. That apparently was not good enough for McCowan as Turpeinen said he took off in the car, turned down County Road 340, back onto New Highway 68 and into the Motel 6 parking lot. He then got out of the car and fled on foot.

Turpeinen said he followed McCowan into the parking lot and chased him to room 250, where he locked himself inside. The officer used his Taser in an attempt to stop McCowan, but it failed to make contact. McCowan eventually came out of the room and gave himself up. Turpeinen said McCowan told him he ran because he was nervous, scared and knew he was “going away for awhile.”

McCowan, 39, Broad Street, Sweetwater, was charged with felony evading by motor vehicle, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

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