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Alleged Lodi pot dealer runs from cops, falls

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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:00 pm

Don't run from police. You could slip and bang into a pole and injure your knee.

That's what allegedly happened to Jordan Emory Baxter, 34, of Lodi, who is now in custody on $850,000 bail.

Baxter, 34, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges that could send him to prison for years, in part because he has a previous strike that would double the sentence on new cases.

He sat handcuffed to a wheelchair during the court appearance, due to injuries police said he received after running from them, sliding on wet asphalt and slamming knee-first into a pole.

He was then arrested.

Lodi police said the incident began shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday, when a 19-year-old man made arrangements to buy marijuana from Baxter. They met in the Food-4-Less parking lot at Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane, Sgt. Bill Alexander said after reviewing a report on the matter.

When they met, Baxter allegedly pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim to drive to the country, where he searched the car and stole cash, Alexander said. They drove back to Lodi, where Baxter allegedly threw the victim's car key into a field off Harney Lane and Mills Avenue, then got a ride from a friend he'd called.

The victim told police that he lost a "large amount of cash," Alexander said.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Cpl. Dale Eubanks and Officer Eric Versteeg were in the 500 block of Pioneer Drive on an unrelated call when they saw Baxter and knew investigators were seeking him.

Baxter allegedly ran from the officers, slipped and collided with a pole. He was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for treatment of an injured knee.

He appeared in court Monday, where he asked Judge David Warner if police had the right to interview him before he was arrested and read his Miranda rights. Warner told him that depends on the situation, and suggested he discuss it with an attorney.

Warner appointed a public defender, who entered a not guilty plea to the charges of assault with a firearm, robbery and kidnapping. Baxter also faces a possible additional 10-year sentence because a firearm was involved, two more years because he had two prior prison sentences, and more time because of the strike.

That strike conviction - Baxter's first under California's "three-strikes" law - came in 2001, when he was serving time at Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy. He pleaded guilty to battery by a prisoner and arson, and was sentenced to more than five years in prison, San Joaquin County court records show.

He will return to court next week, and a preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Aug. 24.

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  • posted at 1:17 pm on Tue, Aug 18, 2009.


    He should be sent to boot camp and shipped to Afganistan for a 2 year service. then have records expunged. Marines would make a man out of him.

  • posted at 6:40 am on Sun, Aug 16, 2009.


    Maybe if he didn't toke, he could run and see better. He needs to sue the city for having that sign in a dangerous place. LOL

  • posted at 9:06 am on Sat, Aug 15, 2009.


    Truth 101 - pardon--"his" old cellie. LOL

  • posted at 9:05 am on Sat, Aug 15, 2009.


    Truth 101- Is Jordan lonely for your old cellie? Do I hear wedding bells? Give him 40 years at hard labor, if he is found guilty.

  • posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Aug 14, 2009.


    people like jordan are the scum of society and the reason we have prisons.I hope they throw the book at him and make an example out of him. HAVE FUN IN YOUR 8x6 cell JORDAN

  • posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Aug 14, 2009.


    The title should say "Kidnapper caught slipping" its funny how they make it about weed when there was a far worse crime involved he kidnapped someone at gunpoint and made them drive him out to the country. He was probably planning on taking the car too. The title is very misleading they amke it sound like a pot dealer just fell when he ran

  • posted at 6:24 am on Fri, Aug 14, 2009.


    Old Jordan is an inmate favorite. They love that handle growing from his chin.

  • posted at 1:52 pm on Thu, Aug 13, 2009.


    oops; should have been "lost shaker of crank"Sorry Cherry, this race bashing stuff is hard, especially when one has to learn all the nuances.

  • posted at 1:47 pm on Thu, Aug 13, 2009.


    blew out my flip-flop, came to a sudden stop, where that pole come from I haven't a clue, wastin' away again at Marijuanaville, searching for my lost shaker of crack...

  • posted at 1:43 pm on Thu, Aug 13, 2009.


    Has the LNS forgotten the rules under which so many writers claim they operate?This story was headlined, by-lined, and included a photo of a bad guy,but he wasn't hispanic.Whats going on?

  • posted at 4:06 pm on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Jordan-Jordan-Jordan I am sure your parents are so proud! You made headlines! Good Job loser!

  • posted at 2:30 pm on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    LMH employees will pay for his time in the ER! I work at LMH. The employees no longer receive vacation or paid holidays, our health insurance costs have increased and there are no raises this year because the hospital lost money due to the increase in the amount of people who were seen in the hospital who did not have insurance and did not pay their bill.

  • posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Only dopes buy dope!

  • posted at 10:14 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    I disagree, dogs; I think there's more to this story...but only time will tell. LOL!

  • posted at 9:16 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    209, funny you would bring race up. I`ll take it your something other than white. No race today, just stupid and they come in all colors.

  • posted at 9:12 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    wtf, if it is your gut, a few ROLAIDS should fix you up. All I know is what I read in the paper and on line. Ms. Bohm did, as usual an excellent job, one thing though, everything is alleged. That looser has to be convicted and sentenced, then the alleged goes away. Difficult for me to believe that a lawyer wouldn`t tell that bum to plead no contest, with two of LPD officers to testify against him, what chance does he have.Slipped and fell causing injury to his knee, he was brought to Lodi Memorial ER, since he can`t or won`t pay the bill, and believe me there will be a bill, who will pay for his time at the ER? the Lodi tax payer I would think so.

  • posted at 7:27 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Did the po little pot dealer fall down and bang his knee. Po po baby.

  • posted at 7:24 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    So true, Napa Valley Cheif. The selling of pot is the least of his crimes.

  • posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    I know this guy injured his knee but, what is his excuse for the stuff growing on his chin? That must have been some moss on that pole.

  • posted at 5:55 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Hey LodiJoe where u at? Funny no racist comments due to the fact that the person is caucasion? Right? Huh Huh

  • posted at 5:09 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Never thought I'd say this, but I agree with napa valley chef. Also, there seems to be a lot missing from this story. I know from reading Layla's past work, that she is quite thorough....but, for some reason, this story seems "off"....not all the pieces are in play here and something's missing. Just my gut....or indigestion. LOL!

  • posted at 4:26 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    he better not sue the city because he slipped, banged into a pole, and bruised his knee!!!

  • posted at 3:40 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    This guy is not a pot dealer -- he is a kidnapper and robber. That headline is misleading.

  • posted at 3:07 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    Now, if the DA agrees to drop some of the charges for a guilty plea on the Marijuana charge, all the advocates will be screaming that this is another guy in prison for nothing more than trying to sell marijuana. It happens all the time.

  • posted at 2:34 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    What a loser, hope they throw away the key. Way to go Eubanks and Versteeg! Thanks for paying attention and nabbing him!

  • posted at 2:30 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    It would be NICE to see LPD "Patrol S. Main Street" and "ENFORCE" The "No Loitering Ordinance" signs POSTED on the entire West side of South Main Street accross from The Star Hotel. That block is a MAJOR drug sales area and with the LMC posted on EACH Sign, LPD has probable cause to stop & CITE these drug people, whether they are "Buying or Selling"! It also gives LPD the right to do a search of their person and "Well lookie here" drugs". The community gives LPD the tools to clean up S. Main Street and yet LPD drives right by!Once the sun is HIGH in the sky, these drug people seek the shade of the West side of S. Main Street. I would like to see "Some Effort" by LPD to use the Posted No Loitering signs to cut down on the drug sales activity on S. Main St.



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