Traffic stop leads to drug arrest Monday

A Pine Bluff man who has drug-related charges pending was arrested Monday after he allegedly jumped out of a moving car that was being chased by a sheriff’s deputy for a traffic violation.

Curtis Brown, 40, allegedly had a gun in his pocket and cocaine in another pocket when he was finally taken into custody, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Tuesday for Brown.

Deputy Courtney Kelly tried to stop a red Honda for speeding in the area of 9th Avenue and Fir Street when the car fled at a high speed, running red lights and stop signs, Kizer said.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Yohance Brunson said in a probable cause affidavit that after Brown jumped from the vehicle, Kelly instructed him to stop, then Kelly’s canine partner Sgt. Andor took Brown down and bit him while Brown was trying to resist.

Kelly also allegedly used a Tazer to subdue Brown when he tried to stand up, despite being ordered to stay on the ground, Brunson said in the affidavit.

Another deputy later located the car, which was being driven by a female, and found a small child in the vehicle, along with a set of digital scales.

Brunson reported the total weight of the alleged cocaine was 6.4 grams.

At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Brown after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Brown said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 7.