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Elrod fights officers
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A man who fought police in an attempt not to go back to jail will be going back to jail for three months.
The man, Bradley R. Elrod, 35, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of simple possession of drugs and resisting stop. He was instructed to serve 90 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $750 plus costs.
Elrod was a passenger in a car driven by Bradley R. Butcher that was pulled over on Cadillac Lane after McMinnville Police Sgt. Ben Cantrell noticed Elrod was a passenger in the Toyota Camry. Elrod was wanted for arrest on outstanding warrants. The officer pulled over the vehicle and walked up to the passenger side.
“I ordered him (Elrod) to exit the vehicle but he refused by jumping into the back seat and attempting to escape the vehicle through the back, driver-side window,” the officer revealed, noting Elrod then tried to force Butcher to drive away. “Elrod placed the gearshift into drive and commanded the driver to leave. Mr. Butcher placed the gearshift into park at that time.”
Butcher continued cooperating when he was ordered to take the keys out of the ignition and throw them to police. However, Elrod decided he was not going to leave peacefully.
“We had to break out the window and physically remove Elrod who was still resisting,” Sgt. Cantrell said.
Once inside the car, police found a metal container with marijuana inside. They also found some drug paraphernalia and a corner-cut bag which lawmen think contains methamphetamine. Neither of the suspects claimed ownership of the drugs so both were charged.
Butcher ended up entering a plea to simple possession and was given an 11-month, 29-day sentence, but released on time-served.