Man eluded police arrested by task force

He was hospitalized for auto accident injuries

Justin Shoemaker

Justin Shoemaker

A man wanted by several police departments was recently apprehended by Henry County Authorities.

Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said Justin Kyle Shoemaker was booked into the Henry County Jail Wednesday.

Shoemaker, 30, appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday, before Judge Robert Godwin, who bound the case over to superior court.

Shoemaker was the center of an ongoing narcotics investigation involving Henry and Spalding counties. He was also wanted for a Georgia Parole Violation and charges out of Monroe County, Fla., according to Smith.

“He was wanted for charges out of several jurisdictions, including Spalding and Henry counties,” said Smith.

The arrest was made in a combined effort by several law enforcement units. Warrants for Shoemaker’s arrest were obtained by the Henry County Police C.A.G.E Unit. However, Shoemaker was taken into custody on May 29, by members of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force at a house in Spalding County, continued Smith.

“Once arrested, he had to be flown by Air Ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center for serious injuries received from an accident on a motorcycle,” he said. “[Shoemaker] had not received treatment apparently because he was wanted.”

He had been receiving treatment for his injuries, at Atlanta Medical Center since his arrest. Shoemaker was being monitored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office during his hospital stay.

“The defendant was operating a stolen 2011 Honda CBR motorcycle with an approximate value of $6,000. At the time of the motor vehicle collision, the motorcycle was stolen out of Bibb County about a month ago,” according to the arrest warrant. “The defendant was operating a motorcycle south on [Georgia] Highway 19/41, when the motorcycle was rear-ended by another vehicle. The defendant was thrown from the motorcycle and fled the scene on foot.”

Shoemaker’s driver’s license had been suspended multiple times since 2003 and had not been reinstated at the time of the incident, continued the arrest warrant.

“The defendant did have in his possession a Bersa .380-caliber handgun,” according to the arrest warrant. “The handgun was found next to the belongings he left at the scene of a motor vehicle collision. [The] defendant was previously convicted of a felony in Henry County Superior Court in 2006 for violation of Georgia control substance act, possession of methamphetamine.”

Police discovered four “small Ziploc baggies” filled with what they believed to be marijuana. Officers also found three baggies containing what they believed to be approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine, according to the arrest warrant.

Shoemaker is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of driving while license suspended or revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a valid driver’s license, trafficking methamphetamine, violation of Georgia control substance act illegal possession of controlled substance marijuana, fleeing or evading police, and reckless driving.

Shoemaker remained in the Henry County Jail without bond at press time Friday.