TALLADEGA -- A Talladega man was arrested on felony drug charges and two women were charged with misdemeanors following an incident on East Sloan Avenue early Friday.
Bradley Jack Hale, 26, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, specifically cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Talladega County Metro Jail records, bond was set at $6,000 total; Hale posted bond less than three hours after his arrest and was released.
According to police Chief Jason Busby, officers responded to the 400 block of East Sloan Avenue just after midnight, after several people had called to report a woman screaming.
Officers eventually identified the house the screaming seemed to be coming from and knocked on the door. When there was no response the first time, the officers demanded that someone open the door or it would be broken down.
Eventually, a male, later identified as Hale, answered the door, stepped out on the porch and closed the door behind him. Busby said he was sweating profusely and had blood on his face and chest. He and his girlfriend had gotten into a fight, Hale said, but everything was all right now.
According to Lt. Jimmy Thompson, Hale said his girlfriend had pushed and scratched him, which was why he was bleeding. It was also determined she had bit him on the back at some point during the argument.
When officers went inside the house, they found the girlfriend, 19, who was eventually charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. They also found a small bag of cocaine next to Hale’s pants on the bedroom floor, Thompson said, and just over $500 in cash in the pants pocket.
There was also another male inside the house who was not charged with anything, Thompson said.
A set of digital scales and several small ziplock bags were also found in the residence, leading Hale to be charged with drug paraphernalia as well.
As Hale and the girlfriend were being arrested, a second female arrived and tried to make the officers leave, eventually locking the doors herself while there were still officers inside the house. This woman was also arrested, on a charge of obstruction of government operations.
Of the four people at the house, Hale was the only one who appeared to live there, Thompson said.
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. Possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic violence assault in the third degree and obstruction of government operations are all misdemeanors.
The Daily Home does not generally identify people who are charged only with misdemeanor offenses.