Georgia drug suspect arrested in Bay area on domestic battery charge
(BTLS Staff) PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – A Georgia man fleeing from drug distribution charges was arrested Tuesday following a domestic violence incident at a Pinellas Park hotel.
John Hagin, 25, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond. He is facing one count of obstruction, one count of offense against a police dog and one count of domestic battery by strangulation.
According to a Pinellas Park Police Department report officers were dispatched to the Budget Inn in the 9300 block of US Highway 19 North in response to a disturbance call. When they arrived officers learned the suspect had placed his hands around his girlfriend’s throat hard enough to impede her breathing.
Hagin fled the scene before law enforcement arrived but he was located a short time later walking along the roadway near the hotel. Once he saw police he attempted to flee, running towards a city park.
A K-9 Unit was brought in to locate the suspect. Hagin was bit by the police dog, but not before he punched the canine in the head and body in an attempt to elude capture.
The dog – Pulo – was not injured.
Hagin was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before he was transported to the jail.
Investigators say authorities in Georgia have issued a warrant for Hagin’s arrest on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.