Report of stolen car leads to arrest

A report of a stolen car Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who was allegedly seen driving the car a short distance away from where it was stolen.

Anthony Clay, 23, allegedly told police he was “drunk and didn’t want to walk home,” Detective William Freeman said in a probable-cause affidavit that was presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the owner of the car, a 2007 Chrysler 300, was inside the Citgo Service Station at 800 N. Bryant St., paying for gas when someone drove off in his car.

Freeman said in the affidavit that officers who were in the Dollarway area started looking for the vehicle and found Clay driving it at Malcomb and Hutchinson streets, where he was arrested.

Clay was allegedly too intoxicated to be interviewed when he was arrested.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Clay, who Kizer said also had three active failure to appear warrants, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

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