Police: Man arrested for drug trafficking, almost hits officer

Police: Man arrested for drug trafficking, almost hits officer
(Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man who tried to evade arrest almost hit a deputy with his vehicle, according to a Craighead County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Deputies arrested Phillip L. Stacey, 36, on charges of fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking a controlled substance.

According to the report, deputies were called to a home on Craighead County Road 762 for "narcotic activity".

When he arrived at the home, Deputy Jason Allen reported "a green-colored minivan took off at a high rate of speed toward me almost ramming the side of my patrol vehicle."

The driver then drove up an embankment and the vehicle stopped in a nearby yard.

Deputies ordered the driver out of the vehicle. The suspect exited his vehicle while showing his hands.

As the suspect, later identified as Stacey, got on the ground, a bag of suspected methamphetamine fell from his coat pocket. He was then taken into custody.

Deputies searched Stacey's vehicle and discovered several bags of suspected methamphetamine, a .22 caliber handgun and two boxes of ammunition. The gun was also loaded, according to the report.

Deputies reported they found more than 929 grams, or nearly two pounds, of suspected meth. They estimated the value at more than $97,000.

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