Two elude cops, arrested on drug charges

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Babbie man was jailed on drug charges after he fled from police Saturday.



The incident occurred after Gantt Police Chief Wesley Snodgrass stopped a 2008 Hyundai occupied by 49-year-old Jerry L. Parker, 35-year-old Charlie F. Allen and two others.

Snodgrass said when he approached the vehicle, he smelled alcohol, and then asked the occupants for identification.

“Three of the four stated they didn’t have any, and when Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, each of the male passengers were removed from the car and patted down for officer safety,” he said.

Snodgrass said that the men did have IDs and that Parker had given him a false name.

“As Deputy Stanley began to check their information, Mr. Parker fled on foot,” he said. “He then was tackled by Deputy Whitt and myself, and then continued to actively resist arrest by kicking and trying to pull his arms free. After some struggle, he was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.”

Snodgrass said a search of the vehicle revealed a glass smoking device, containing what appeared to be meth residue, in plain view of where Parker was sitting.

“Parker admitted (the pipe) was his and that he’d used it before to smoke meth,” he said.



Parker also had an open container of Keystone Light beer beside his seat.

It was at that point that Drug Task Force agent Greg Jackson adopted the case, Snodgrass said. Also assisting was Gantt city employee Rick Cartwright.

It was later determined that Parker had an outstanding violation of probation warrant. He now faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He is currently being held without bond in the Covington County Jail.

Allen was arrested on a failure to appear warrant and is also being held in the county jail without bond.