Shooting victim faces drug charges
A New Kensington man who was shot in May now faces charges of his own.
Jordan James Johnson, 18, of 515 Fourth Ave. faces seven charges, including possession of drugs with the intent to deliver, escape and resisting arrest.
Johnson was charged after New Kensington police Officer Paul Manke pulled him over about 11 a.m. on June 9 for driving a car with expired inspection stickers, according to police.
According to court documents:
After Johnson was pulled over on Kenneth Avenue, he got out of the black Chevrolet Malibu and began to walk across the street. Manke yelled for him to stop, but Johnson allegedly took off running.
Manke began to pursue him when Johnson tripped over a curb at the corner of Kenneth Avenue and McCargo Street.
The officer caught up to Johnson and then attempted to arrest him.
Manke said Johnson resisted putting his hands behind his back to be handcuffed, saying, “I can't — I was shot.”
After Johnson identified himself, Manke recognized him as the target of a drive-by shooting on May 6 at the corner of Kenneth Avenue and Catalpa Street.
In that incident, Johnson was assisted by a Good Samaritan who lives nearby and is a nurse.
According to New Kensington police, no arrests have been made in Johnson's shooting.
Police said after Johnson was arrested, they searched the car he was driving and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Police said they also found a digital scale, a baggy containing about a half-ounce of crack cocaine and a bottle of peach vodka.
Johnson is charged with felony counts of drug possession plus misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, escape and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited for traffic violations because he was driving with a suspended license.
Johnson waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday before New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. He is free on $40,000 bond.
R.A. Monti is a freelance reporter for Trib Total Media.