Man arrested after fighting with officers

Daily Journal staff reports

A man who refused to get out of his vehicle during a traffic stop while having a gun and two knives within reach was arrested after fighting with police, according to a Greenwood police report.

Sean M. Helton, 40, of New Whiteland, was arrested on charges of possession of a drug-injection device, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, reckless possession of paraphernalia, resisting police and carrying a handgun without a license.

The incident happened after 10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Madison Avenue and Smith Valley Road in Greenwood. Police stopped Helton’s vehicle after he repeatedly changed lanes or turned without using a turn signal, and when officers saw the weapons within reach, they asked him to get out of the vehicle, but he refused, the report said. Officers asked again after a police dog indicated that narcotics were in the vehicle, and he refused, according to the report.

When police tried to remove Helton from the vehicle, he became combative, and an officer deployed his Taser due to the weapons within Helton’s reach. He had to be tased twice. Police found needles, suspected marijuana and suspected methamphetamine in his vehicle or in his pockets, the report said.

He has been released from the Johnson County jail after posting bond.