Gastonia Man Wrestled to the Ground After Urinating Outside Store

AR-160509545A Gastonia man was wrestled to the ground on Wednesday after he urinated in the parking lot of an ABC store and refused to show a Bessemer City police officer his hands.

John Thomas Powell Jr., 30, had to be wrestled to the ground while the officer called backup. He is charged with urinating in public, resisting an officer, and having illegal drugs.

The incident occurred at 3860 W. Franklin Blvd., arrest records show. The officer also found four oxycodone tablets on the man.

Powell was on probation in Gaston County for misdemeanor breaking and entering in 2005, state records show.

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