Former officer runs from police, faces drug-related felonies

Former officer runs from police, faces drug-related felonies

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - If he would have just accepted the criminal summons, he might not have been arrested. Instead, a former police officer ran from the law and now faces numerous felony charges.

Brookland police officers went to an apartment on West Hinkley Tuesday to contact Jeremy Darr about possible warrants he had out of the Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

When Officer Blake Miller asked for assistance from Officer Michael Settlemoir, he learned that James "Brad" Davidson also supposedly lived in the apartment. Brookland police needed to serve Davidson with a criminal summons for domestic battery.

Officer Settlemoir said when he arrived on scene, Davidson and another man were working on a black Dodge truck.

"Brad Davidson had turned and walked toward the front driver side of the black Dodge, making a throwing motion and you could also hear something hit the ground," Officer Settlemoir said.

Officer Settlemoir said he told Davidson he needed to serve him with a court summons.

"He started to walk toward me with tools still in his hand," Officer Settlemoir said. "When I asked Brad Davidson to put the tools down he immediately turned and took off running."

While running from officers, police say Davidson yelled, "I'm tired of y'all f****** with me."

Officers caught up with Davidson in a ditch off Holman Street.

During the altercation, Davidson, who is a former K9 officer with the Paragould Police Department, resisted arrest numerous times.Officers were eventually able to get both of his hands behind his back and handcuff him.

Davidson worked for the Paragould Police Department for a brief time roughly 10 years ago.

After they arrested Davidson, officers went back to the apartment and detained Darr and another man at the home.

"When we did a walk through around the path, we observed a glass pipe under the Dodge truck," Officer Miller said. "I reached under the truck and retrieved the yellowish-colored pipe that showed burned marks and crystal-like residue inside it."

Police also found a "clear glass pipe with white residue and burned marks" in Davidson's back pocket.

A K9 officer who was called to the scene sniffed the route Davidson took while running from police and found a baggie with clear crystal-like residue in the area officers fought with Davidson.

Officer Miller said they also found two red capsule pills on Davidson but he claimed they were "erection pills."

After being read his Miranda Rights, the incident report states Davidson told police they planted the clear pipe on him, but he would take claim for it.

Darr was also arrested at the scene for active warrants out for his arrest.

Officer Miller transported Davidson and Darr to the Craighead County Detention Center.

"On the way to the jail, Davidson made statements regarding how we need to be careful violating people's rights, his past employment as an officer, and how he used to be an instructor at Academy," Officer Miller said.

At the Craighead County Detention Center, Davidson told Officer Miller the next time they dealt with him, they wouldn't be involved in a foot chase. Instead, Davidson advised Officer Miller to "bring your boxing gloves."

Davidson faces charges of fleeing, resisting arrest and three felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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