An attempt by police vice and narcotics officers to stop a vehicle driven by a man they knew didn’t have a valid license led to a short chase, a foot pursuit, and the arrest of two men on drug-related charges.
Tilton Rhodes Jr., 31, was driving a tan Cadillac in the 1900 block of South Main Street Tuesday when Detective Jason Howard and another detective saw him, Howard said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Thursday. Howard said he knew that Rhodes didn’t have a valid license.
Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the car turned west on 19th Avenue, then north on Pine Street, traveling about half a block before Lencoya Strain, 24, who was a passenger in the car, jumped out and ran.
Howard said Rhodes remained in the car and he was pulled out and put on the ground after he started to reach down, and it was later determined that he was trying to shift the car into park.
The affidavit said detectives noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, two bags containing suspected marijuana and a set of digital scales were found in the passenger side floorboard, and a bottle of suspected codeine was found in the center console.
Pugh said Strain had $820 cash when he was arrested and Rhodes had $507 cash.
Howard said in the affidavit the suspected marijuana weighed 24.1 grams.
A records check indicated that both Rhodes and Strain are on parole, and Rhodes was listed as an absconder.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for both Rhodes and Strain after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men said they would hire their own attorneys.