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Man acquitted of assault charges against Columbus police officer

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A man charged with attacking a Columbus police officer last spring has been found not guilty on   the assault charge.

In March 2012, John Howard Garrett faced a possible 20-year sentence for being accused of cutting Columbus police officer Jason Swails with a knife.

The incident happened after Garrett was pulled over for a traffic stop. Police issued an alert for Garrett as he was on the run for 2 days until he eventually turned himself in.

Garrett was convicted of a tag light violation and driving with a suspended license.

A judge sentenced him to 200-hours of community service and time-served for the 7 months he spent in jail.

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