A man was given a year behind bars after he ran from officers and then tried to smuggle drugs into Warren County Jail as he was being booked.
The man, Bryan Dale Davenport, 33, was issued an 11-month, 29-day sentence by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of evading arrest and possession of meth. He must also pay a $750 drug fine. He will
be allowed furlough from jail to undergo drug rehab.
His jail time comes after Deputy Ben Cannon and other lawmen encountered the suspect on Jacksboro Road.
“He became very tense while talking to officers,” the deputy recalled, noting they soon found out why he was tense. “There was an active warrant against him.”
Overhearing the words “active warrant,” Davenport ran away from the officers and into the woods. Deputies were able to collar him and arrest him on the outstanding violation of probation warrant.
During his ride to the jail, Davenport was asked if he had possession of anything illegal.
“He stated no,” the deputy said, noting Davenport was searched by corrections officers during booking. “A small baggie fell from his person that had a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.”
The discovery led to Davenport being booked on the spot on narcotics smuggling charges. The smuggling charges were dismissed as part of his guilty plea.