Deputies Arrest Knife-Wielding Drug Suspect
Deputies Arrest Armed Drug Suspect
On Christmas Eve morning at about 7:00 A.M., Deputy Vince Corliss was patrolling
along US-31 south of Franklin when he observed a Blue Chevrolet Lumina passenger
car fail to yield the right of way by pulling out in front of oncoming traffic.
Deputy Corliss ran a license plate check on the vehicle and found that the plate
belonged on a different car than the car he was following. As the driver
failed to signal his turn from US-31 onto County Road 650S in Edinburgh, Deputy
Corliss stopped the violator and was soon joined by Deputy Mike Rogier.
The man in the car was acting very nervous and was refusing to follow simple
instructions; Despite being ordered to remain in the vehicle, the driver
repeatedly exited the car, causing Deputies' Corliss and Rogier to become more
suspicious - and cautious. Deputy Corliss attempted to establish the man's
identity, as he claimed to not have any identification on him. The man
provided Deputy Corliss with a false name. Moments later, the man put his
hand in his pocket and produced a knife. Deputies' Corliss and Rogier
quickly handcuffed the man. Further investigation revealed an
identification card showing the suspect to be 29-year old Martin Roy Emerson of
North Clay Street in Edinburgh. Emerson insisted that was someone else's
identification card, but Rogier and Corliss's laptop computers displayed a prior
book-in photograph of Emerson that clearly and undeniably showed they had the
right man identified. Finally, Emerson admitted he was caught. In
one of Emerson's pockets, Deputies' Corliss and Rogier located a white powder
substance which the suspect identified as Methamphetamine. Emerson had
also been labeled by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as a Habitual Traffic
Violator. As a result, it is a Felony offense for him to be in operation
of a motor vehicle at any time. Thanks to the good observations of Corliss
and the quick action by both he and Deputy Rogier, the knife-wielding drug
suspect has been secured in the Johnson County Jail.
...Your Johnson County Sheriff's Office.