According to a press release, the officers stopped Jensen Clifford Hovarth on Cherry Street after spotting him behind Adairsville Supermarket.
During the encounter, an officer was checking Hovarth for weapons when he recovered a meth pipe in Hovarth’s jacket pocket. As the officer attempted to arrest him, Hovarth became combative, kicking one officer in the knee and injuring the second officer’s hand.
A concerned citizen stopped to assist officers, according to the press release. Police Chief Robert Jones said although the citizen’s name is not known, he extends his thanks to the samaritan.
“It is citizens of this caliber who make our community a better place to live,” Jones said in the release.
Both officers were treated and released.
Hovarth was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer, two counts of felony obstruction of law enforcement, criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, reckless conduct, possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth by ingestion and possession of drug-related objects.