A traffic stop for broken tag lights turned into a short chase Tuesday morning after the wanted driver's girlfriend allegedly threw a firearm and $150 worth of marijuana out of the car, according to a Columbus Police report.
Officers initially stopped Christopher Williams, 31, near the intersection of Luna Drive and Mill Branch at about 1:30 a.m. When officers attempted to ask Williams about the broken tag light, Williams allegedly sped off. He was arrested about a mile away on the 6000 block of Dupree Drive.
Williams allegedly later told police that he had his girlfriend throw a firearm and some marijuana out of the car while they were fleeing. About 15.1 grams, valued at $151, was later discovered, along with several plastic baggies and a digital scale.
Williams was charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, abandoning a controlled substance, possession of drug related objects, reckless conduct, fleeing to elude, no proof of insurance, driving with a license suspended, no tag light and failure to stop at a stop sign.
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He was sought on warrants for driving with a suspended license and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a report.
Williams was taken to Muscogee County Jail.