|Police not worried about the one that got
Man flees police during stop, leaves ID behind with marijuana
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 13, 2005 -- A search for a Kentucky man who ran from police during a traffic stop Monday night was called off after two hours, but police aren't too worried about locating the man.
They figure he'll eventually turn back up at the Kentucky residence listed on the identification card he left in a bag of marijuana recovered from the car he was in.
The incident began at 11:34 p.m. Monday, when Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. "Buddy" Cleve Williams stopped an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by 34-year-old Harlon Undra "Jordan" McCallister of Radcliffe, Ky., at the 122 mile marker on Interstate 30 for speeding and driving on the shoulder of the road.
Williams said McCallister appeared to be extremely nervous, and had him step out of the vehicle and patted him down for safety reasons. He located a bag of marijuana in the man's pocket, which resulted in Williams asking to search the car, which McCallister agreed to.
At that point, Williams asked the passenger, another Kentucky man, to exit the car. While waiting for a cover unit to arrive, the passenger took off running.
SSPD Cpl. Jason Ricketson brought his canine, Barry, to the location. All other available police patrol officers and several sheriff's deputies responded in an attempt to help search for the passenger. The officers continued searching for two hours before the manhunt for the Kentucky man was halted, Williams said.
"We attempted to track him, but due to the area -- the junk yard, with the broken glass -- and other dangers, we stopped after a certain point," Williams said.
In the meantime, Williams took McCallister into custody for felony possession of more than four ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana after finding a bag of the green, leafy substance in the trunk of the car. The marijuana weighed exactly 5 pounds on the scale, but he was charged with the lesser offense because allowances had to be made for the weight of the packaging.
The bundle also included an unexpected bounty for police -- an identification card for the passenger who fled during the stop.
Police were working Tuesday on a warrant to take the man into custody on possession of marijuana and evading arrest charges. They have already been in contact with Kentucky authorities, who indicated they would assist in seeing that the man was apprehended, Williams said.
McCallister's 11-year-old son, who he had reportedly just picked up in Arlington and was taking home with him when stopped, was taken to the police station. He was kept there until his mother could arrive from Arlington to pick him up.
McCallister was released Tuesday after Clayton Bail Bonds secured the $5,000 bond set on the felony marijuana charge.