Reported disturbance ends in arrest

A report of a possible disturbance at about noon Thursday outside a bank on South Hazel Street resulted in the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

Ronald Spraglin, 26, was sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle on the parking lot of Relyance Bank and police responding to the reported disturbance saw Spraglin reach under the driver’s seat of the vehicle, Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said a man inside the bank told police Spraglin got into his vehicle while it was stopped at a red light and demanded money, and also said he didn’t know Spraglin.

According to the affidavit, Spraglin said the owner of the vehicle owed him money and he had gone to the bank with the alleged victim to get the money.

Because police said they saw Spraglin reach under the seat of the vehicle, they asked the owner for permission to search, which was granted, and police found a small bag of suspected crack cocaine under the driver’s seat.

When he was questioned, Spraglin denied any knowledge of the suspected cocaine.

Pugh said Spraglin had previous convictions for breaking and entering and theft of property, but had no pending charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Spraglin after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

Spraglin said he would hire his own attorney.