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Georgia Man Jon-Christopher Sowells Arrested During BMW Test Drive

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A Georgia man who was car-shopping for a new BMW ended up going to jail after being busted during a test drive.

Jon-Christopher Sowells had just taken a BMV out of the lot of Philips Motors when a police officer pulled him over. Sowells wasn’t too clear about the reason he got stopped.

"He said you don't have any tags on the car. I said, ‘No problem, I don't have any tags on this car because it's not my car. The dealer is right there we can get it all clarified,’” Sowells said.

According to Sowells, he asked the officer to call the dealer to confirm his story. Instead, the officer asked to look at some paperwork that was in the backseat of the car. Since he didn’t know what it was, Sowells refused.

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“They asked me to get out of the car. I said 'I don't feel comfortable.' They commenced to open up the car door and they tried to drag me out of the door by my left arm," he said.

After the officer called for backup, Sowells was arrested for obstruction, WSBTV reported.

“They're treating me like I'm a criminal and I hadn't done anything," he said.

Police Chief Roy Whitehead emailed a statement about the incident:

"The officer observed a paper on the rear seat that appeared to be of the type dealers use when placing a vehicle for sale. He asked if he could retrieve it and Mr. Sowells refused. Based on his refusal to provide information and his passive and then active resistance, Mr. Sowells was charged with obstruction.”

Sowells plans to fight the charge. Interestingly enough, he ended up buying the BMW.  

Sources: WSBTV, GA Daily News