Loud music from vehicle leads to drug arrest

Police vice and narcotics officers on routine patrol in the new SAFE team area Thursday afternoon heard loud music coming from a vehicle and ended up arresting the driver on drug charges after he parked his car and tried to flee on foot.

Dedric Greer, 28, was chased down and police fired two taser shots at him before he was taken into custody several blocks from where he parked his car.

Detective Jason Howard said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday that he and another detective were in the area of 17th Avenue and Mulberry Street when they heard loud music and when they tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, it pulled into a driveway in the 1500 block of West 17th Avenue and the driver, later identified as Greer, stepped out and ran.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said one of the detectives stayed with the vehicle while the other chased Greer. Kizer said that when officers checked the vehicle, they saw in plain sight a Mason jar containing two bags of suspected marijuana.

The car also contained a backpack that had a set of digital scales and an Arkansas Identification Card with Greer’s name on it.

Howard said in the affidavit that the suspected marijuana weighed 16.6 grams.

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

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Greer, and told him to come back to court June 28.