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Man dives out window to dodge police

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Willie Johnson didn't go easily, Decatur police said.

When narcotics agents forced their way into his residence to serve a search warrant early Tuesday, the 33-year-old dived headfirst through a second-story window, police said.

"Officers on the scene said it looked like something out of a Hollywood movie. But, unfortunately, the glass in this window was real," said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

"He dove headfirst through the glass, took out the blinds and the glass," Mathews said.

After suffering cuts, abrasions and a knee injury while making his hasty exit, "he tried to run, but we caught him a short distance away," Mathews said.

It was originally thought Johnson might have broken his leg in the fall, but police said doctors determined the suspect didn't suffer any fractures.

He was treated at Decatur General Hospital and released back into police custody.

Police found crack cocaine, Oxycontin, marijuana and paraphernalia for drug sale inside Johnson's residence, 1205 Fifth Ave. S.W., Apartment C-3, investigators said.

Johnson faces charges including two counts of possessing a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Morgan County Jail released him Tuesday on $3,000 bond.

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