Councilman Johnson appears in court over traffic stop

Houston City Council Member Jarvis Johnson appeared in court Monday over an evading arrest charge.

October 11, 2010 9:36:30 AM PDT
Houston City Council Member Jarvis Johnson made a court appearance Monday in connection with his highly publicized traffic stop after a police chase. Johnson showed up, but did not comment to the judge. His case is going to a grand jury and was reset for September 6.

A police officer said he tried to pull Johnson over for driving 62 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. While Johnson says the officer overreacted, prosecutors say he told them he didn't pull over because what he was doing took priority. Johnson's attorney denies his client made the statement.

Johnson also claims the officer was overreacting and targeted him because he's a critic of speed traps in his district.

Johnson faces a felony charge of evading arrest.