Man charged with drug trafficking after fleeing police

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Brundidge man reportedly fled from Troy police officers Thursday night when they attempted to stop him while travelling on U.S. Highwau 231.

Troy police chief Randall Barr said officers attempted to stop Ethan James Arnold, 29, while traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 231 Thursday south of County Road 5522.

“Arnold refused to stop and continued to travel northbound on U.S. 231,” Barr said. “After a short pursuit and with assistance from deputies with the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Arnold stopped his vehicle in the roadway on U.S. 231. Arnold then bailed out of his vehicle and ran across three lanes of traffic into a field attempting to get away from officers.”

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Barr said officers witnessed Arnold throwing plastic bags out of his pockets as he fled into the nearby woods. Troy officers pursued Arnold and were able to take him into custody.

“The bags tossed by Arnold contained a large amount of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine,” Barr said. “Officers also found additional plastic bags in Arnold’s pockets that contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.”

Arnold was charged with drug trafficking (methamphetamine), a Class A Felony, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a Class C Felony, and fleeing or attempting to elude officers and driving with a revoked license, both misdemeanors.

Class A Felonies are punishable by 20 years to life in prison and Class C Felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Arnold was booked into the Pike County Jail where he remains on $52,500 bond.