Viral Accident Video Witness Arrested

Mug shot photo of Courtney Barnes (Courtesy: CNN)
Mug shot photo of Courtney Barnes (Courtesy: CNN)
Mug shot photo of Courtney Barnes (Courtesy: CNN)
Mug shot photo of Courtney Barnes (Courtesy: CNN)

Jackson, MS. – A man with green hair and fingernails who was interviewed this week at the scene of a crash that injured a Jackson, Mississippi police officer has been arrested.

Courtney Barnes left an interview Thursday afternoon with WAPT’s Allie Ware and went to the Ridgeland Police Department, where he was arrested and booked on a Contempt of Court charge. Barnes was then handed over to the Jackson Police Department, where he was charged in connection with a shoplifting case, police said.

Barnes was interviewed Monday by several local news stations, including WAPT News. News director Ben Hart said WAPT News did not broadcast the interview because of concerns that Barnes’ story wasn’t factual.

“When the officer wreck happened, we made a call to refrain from using that man’s description at the scene. According to police reports and other witnesses, it was a totally different account of what happened,” Hart said. “We did use several other witnesses along with descriptions from the chief of police and head of security at JSU.”

Jackson police could not immediately say where the alleged shoplifting took place, but Barnes resembles a suspect in a surveillance photo posted to Instagram five weeks ago by Chane, the owner of Swell-O-Phonic in Fondren.

“We want to stay away from the negative attention,” Chane said when contacted by 16 WAPT’s Allie Ware about an interview. “Courtney has stolen from our store and made our customers and staff uncomfortable. We just want him to stay out of our store. I hope the story gets turned back to the injured officer who deserves the attention.”

Jackson police have made an arrest in connection with the crash. The officer, who has not been identified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but was hospitalized after the wreck.

During the interview with Ware, Barnes denied lying at the scene of the crash and said he was not a shoplifting suspect.

“Now, we all know that it’s not accurate information,” Barnes said. “I am personally taking care of certain information, but that is not accurate. And for those out there that are trying to stomp over my success, I pray for you and I hope that I can one day celebrate with you.”

Officer Colendula Green confirmed that a warrant had been issued for Barnes’ arrest.

Earlier in the day Thursday, Barnes posted a video to Instagram.

“I want to apologize about the things that are going around on social media about me. However, like I said, nobody is perfect. Everybody is going to make mistakes, but at the same time, I do keep God first and I want everybody to know that it will work out for the better. But at the same time, let the negativity continue to come, because without negativity, we cannot do positivity,” Barnes said on the video.

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