A father and son face accusations of influencing a witness and drug charges after police say they tried to get a witness to change his story.
Melvin Crouch Sr., 53, and Melvin Crouch Jr., 18, were arrested around 5 p.m. Tuesday after a traffic stop on Broadway, said Columbus Police Lt. Lynn Joiner.
According to authorities, the suspects met with a witness in a 2010 officer obstruction case at Krystal, 5420 Veterans Parkway, around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. They gave the witness $20 worth of suspected crack and had the witness meet them later that day at a Broadway attorney’s office.
At the office, they gave the witness $50 of suspected crack. They then met with the attorney, and the witness made an affidavit changing his initial statement he gave to police about the 2010 case, reports state.
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Someone tipped off police, and officers pulled over the suspects on Broadway and arrested both, Joiner said.
Both men face two counts of sale of cocaine and a count of influencing a witness. They’re being held on no bond, the Muscogee County Jail said.