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Deputy says man tries to take his gun
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A man has been given 70 days in jail after he led police into the woods in a foot pursuit and then grabbed at an officer’s gun belt during the resulting struggle.
The man, Jason Dewayne West, 36, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest and violation of bond conditions. He was directed to serve 70 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay a $350 fine, and complete the batterer intervention program.
The charges resulted when officers went to serve a subpoena and found West was in violation of bond conditions by being around his victim in a domestic violence case. Lawmen went to find him at a local motel but ended up spotting him on Sparta Street near Health Way.
After realizing he was about to be arrested, West ran away on foot, sprinting through back yards and then into the woods near the jail.
“I was able to catch up with him about a half mile into the woods and was able to get one cuff on him before he started fighting,” said deputy Sgt. Brad Myers. “At one point he reached for my gun belt.”
The officer was able to place the suspect in custody after the heated struggle.