Man tackled by trooper, charged for theft, drugs

Published 12:57 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A man who triggered alarms as he left Walmart faces theft and drug charges after a search of his person yielded both stolen goods and prescription drugs.

Carl Christian Hoffer, 53, was arrested when an Alabama State Trooper tried to question him about the alarm sounding when he walked out of Walmart.

According to Alabama State Trooper spokesperson Kevin Cook, the officer asked the Hoffer to stop, but was forced to follow him to a vehicle.

“When he walked out, the alarms went off,” Cook said. “The officer ordered him to stop, but he refused to stop and sped up. The officer went with him to the vehicle, but he broke and ran and the trooper was forced to tackle him.”

The officer asked for identification and found items that had been taken from Walmart.

Before Hoffer was escorted to the Covington County Jail, he was given a pat down and upon arriving to the jail, was given a more detailed search.

Hoffer was found to be carrying a controlled substance.

“He was asked if he had anything on him that couldn’t be taken into the jail,” Cook said. “The items were well concealed.”

Covington County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Anderson said they highly discourage people bringing in contraband.

“Anyone found with contraband on them, will be charged in addition to any charges they already have,” Anderson said. “It’s not been the first one, we have found several, and we check everybody.”

Hoffer was held for theft of property III, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband on a $26,000 bond, but has since bonded out.