Wanted man arrested on drug charges

A Jefferson County man wanted on an alias bench warrant was arrested Wednesday and will face new charges after he allegedly threw down a can containing suspected drugs while being chased by sheriff’s deputies.

William Clary, 30, was spotted Wednesday morning at a service station on South Olive Street by Deputies James Hoffman and Andrew Craig, who reported that Clary ran from the deputies when they pulled onto the parking lot.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Investigator Randy Jackson of the Tri-County Drug Task Force, Hoffman chased Clary for short distance before taking him into custody. Jackson said that during the chase, Hoffman saw Clary throw down what appeared to be a can.

Jackson said Hoffman retraced his steps and found the can, which contained a bag with suspected marijuana, a bag with three pills, a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and a homemade smoking pipe.

During a court hearing for Clary on Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Clary “has been involved with the criminal justice system for 10 to 12 years, and had been to prison.”

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Clary after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

Even though a bond was set on that allegation, Clary will be held without bond because a warrant charging him with being a parole absconder was issued, and will have a hearing to determine if he should go back to prison to complete his sentence.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Clary.