Two Columbus police officers sent to serve warrants on a wanted Phenix City man had no trouble finding their suspect this morning, but had to chase his car and then pursue him on foot before they could put the handcuffs on him.
And though 27-year-old Sylvester Davis of Pickens Street in Phenix City had ample time to ditch his stash while he was out of the officers' sight, police say that when they finally caught him, he still carried almost three ounces of marijuana in three individually wrapped bags, another bag containing six pills of Ecstasy and more than $700 in cash.
Here's what happened, according to Columbus police:
At 7:20 a.m., officers were sent to Englewood Drive to arrest Davis, who was reported to be in a green Ford Crown Victoria. They arrived to find Davis in the car, and ordered him to roll down his window and stick out his hands. Davis started the engine and roared off, destroying three landscape lights valued at $120 as he drove across a yard to escape.
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The Ford sped south on Englewood and turned east on Steam Mill Road, where it struck a mailbox and stopped. The suspect jumped out and ran behind houses on the road's south side. Officers searched the area until they found Davis behind a house on Wickham Drive.
Police say Davis had outstanding warrants for armed robbery, aggravated assault, robbery, possessing a firearm while committing a crime, criminal trespass, stalking and misdemeanor theft.
He now also faces charges of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, possessing Ecstasy with intent to distribute, obstructing law enforcement officers, criminal trespass, having no driver's license, a suspended vehicle registration, striking a fixed object and leaving the scene of an accident, police say.