CHILDERSBURG -- A Sylacauga man was arrested Tuesday evening on numerous charges after fleeing Childersburg police earlier in the day.
Childersburg police Lt. Kevin Koss said Wednesday that Chris Anthony Bryant, 31, had not yet had an initial court appearance and was being held in jail until a bond could be set.
Koss said a patrol officer attempted to pull Bryant over around 9 a.m. Tuesday because his license tag had expired. He eventually pulled over at the All-American Car Wash on U.S. 280. Once he was pulled over, the officer determined that Bryant had warrants through the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office and Sylacauga Police Department, Koss said.
Koss said the officer notified the county, then told Bryant to get out of the vehicle.
“He was noncompliant and then reached to crank the car back up,” Koss said. When the officer reached in and tried to grab the keys, Bryant allegedly pinned his arm against the steering wheel and drove off, dragging the officer 20 to 25 feet before he was able to break free, Koss said.
The officer was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, where he was treated for cuts and scrapes, Koss said.
A vehicle pursuit followed, ending when Bryant jumped out of his vehicle while it was still moving, Koss said. A female passenger was still inside the car, which eventually came to a stop after it hit the railroad tracks, Koss said.
The female passenger was arrested on a charge of carrying a pistol without a permit, a misdemeanor charge, but police were not immediately able to locate Bryant, Koss said.
The Daily Home does not generally identify people who are facing only misdemeanor charges.
An inventory of the car turned up a quantity of methamphetamine, a glass pipe and another gun.
Bryant was eventually located hiding in the crawl space of house in the same general area where the chase had ended, Koss said. The residents gave consent to search, and after resisting arrest again, Bryant was finally taken into custody around 4:30 p.m., Koss said.
The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office and the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force both assisted in apprehending Bryant, Koss said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Bryant had been charged with assault in the second degree against a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a pistol without a permit, two counts of resisting arrest and several traffic offenses, including the original expired license tag charge. The county warrants were for charges of nonpayment of child support, and the Sylacauga warrants charged failure to appear in traffic court.
Assault in the second degree is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
Possession of a controlled substance is a class D felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to five years in prison.
Resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a pistol without a permit are misdemeanors.