Three weekend arrests result in several charges

Sunday, July 25, 2010 | 7:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Three arrests over the weekend totaled about 13 charges, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Richard Lee Spear was arrested for seven charges at about 2 a.m. Friday after a traffic stop at Bearfield Road and Northampton Drive. He failed standard sobriety tests when he was stopped, and he attempted to run away, according to the release. He resisted arrest, swinging at an officer at one point.

The officer used his Taser on Spear; only one probe hit him, so the device was ineffective. Spear was arrested on charges of failure to register his vehicle, driving while his license was revoked, driving without insurance, driving while intoxicated, misdemeanor resisting arrest, third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and a warrant for driving while his license was revoked.

Also on Friday, Jennifer Lee Martin was arrested after someone reported a suspicious person at Commerce Bank, 1220 Brown School Road. The release said she had attempted fraudulent activity at the bank on a previous occasion. The warrants for her arrest were for failure to appear on statutory rape, failure to register as a sex offender and failure to appear on failing to register as a sex offender within 1,000 feet of a school. Each carries a $20,000 bond.

Justin Keith Darnell was arrested Saturday at Spencer's Gifts in the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Drive. The release stated Darnell, 28, was attempting to steal about $30 in bracelets. He also had a probation and parole warrant out for his arrest in connection with theft, stealing, forgery and possession of marijuana. No bond has been set.

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