Update: Man faces cocaine charge after allegedly hiding from police behind tent

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 21, 2013 

Update (Thursday, 11:06 a.m.):

A man who allegedly hid behind a tent to evade law enforcement Wednesday faced charges of cocaine possession during a 9 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing.

Officer Adam Moyer told the court he was patrolling on foot in the area of 28th Street and Fourth Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. when he stopped to talk to an individual near an unnamed apartment complex. While he was talking with the other person, he noticed a man hiding behind a tent near the apartment parking lot.

Moyer said he asked the man, who was later identified as Jerrele Shingles, 33, what he was doing. The man only smiled and laughed. When Moyer approached him, he ran. Moyer and another officer stopped him not far from the apartment complex. The officers found 2.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine while searching Shingles, in addition to about $250 in cash.

Shingles was arrested and transported to Muscogee County Jail. He was charged with violation of probation, possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, obstructing officers and loitering.

The man Moyers was talking to prior to the arrest told police that Shingles did not live at the apartment complex.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Shingles' bond at $12,500. His case will be forwarded to Superior Court.

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