A man will serve a month behind bars for running from the law and leaving his marijuana plant in his car for officers to find.
The man, Cody Ray Parsley, 25, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of evading arrest, simple possession of marijuana, and driving on a revoked license. He was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and pay $250 plus costs.
Parsley was arrested after deputy Jared Jacobs saw him driving erratically in his Kia Optima, crossing the center line several times on Highway 8.
“He turned on Dark Hollow Road and traveled a short distance before jumping out of his car and running into the woods,” Jacobs said, noting the suspect ignored his orders to halt.
While Parsley got away, he left a passenger in the car who was able to identify him as the driver. He had an outstanding warrant out of Cannon County, explaining why he ran.
“He said he wasn’t going back to jail,” Jacobs said Parsley declared before running away.
Jacobs found a marijuana plant, standing about two feet tall, in the backseat of Parsley’s Kia, along with a baton on the side of the driver’s seat. The weapons charge was dropped as part of his plea bargain.