He made it to the roof of Lowe’s but couldn’t escape police in the garden center, cops say

Johnny Lloyd Newton
Johnny Lloyd Newton

A wanted fugitive tried to evade police and deputies Thursday by climbing onto the roof of Lowe’s in D’Iberville.

Authorities received a tip that Johnny Lloyd Newton, who was wanted by authorities for failing to appear on a controlled substance charge, was in Lowe’s parking lot just after noon Tuesday.

When D’Iberville police approached him, Newton, 30, took off behind the building before climbing onto the roof, D’Iberville police chief Wayne Payne said. Newton ran across the roof, dropped down into the garden center and continued to run before an officer used a Taser to subdue him.

Payne said he was taken into custody without further incident.

Newton, listed as a Gulfport resident, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was released into custody of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs