Hope police arrest 2 men after scuffle

HOPE — Two Hope men face battery charges against police while trying to flee a pair of police officers who were trying to serve a warrant.

Carl R. McNicholas, 32, 129 Jackson St., Hope, was arrested on charges of non-injury battery against an officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Christopher R. Bushey, 36, 183 Butner Drive, Hope, was arrested on the same charges.

Bushey also was charged with disorderly conduct, while McNicholas was being served a warrant for failure to appear in court on a conversion charge, as well as two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, police said.

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Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, two Hope officers attempting to serve the warrant went into McNicholas’ backyard a few blocks west of the Hope Town Square. That’s when they saw Bushey and McNicholas sitting on a couch in a porched area smoking from a glass pipe, Hope Town Marshal Matt Tallent said.

As McNicholas attempted to run inside his house, Bushey unsuccessfully tried to keep the officers from entering the residence, Tallent said.

Bushey is accused of kicking one of the officers, and police used a stun gun to bring him under control, Tallent said.

A small amount of methamphetamine stored in a bag was found inside the couch both men had been sitting on, Tallent said. Besides the glass pipe, which appeared to contain methamphetamine, investigators also found a cigarette pack containing a small amount of marijuana, the marshal said.

As of Monday, both men were being held in the Bartholomew County Jail, according to jail official. Bond for McNicholas was set at $37,000 surety or $3,700 cash. For Bushey, the bond is $27,000 surety or $2,700 cash.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.