DECATUR — An armed Decatur man who tried to flee on a motorcycle was found to be carrying large quantities of cannabis, methamphetamine and cash when he was arrested late Monday night, police said.
Writing in a sworn affidavit, Decatur police officer Brent Morey said he was on patrol about midnight when he spotted the man, who he knew was wanted on other charges, at the side of the road on 17th and Main streets, working on a motorcycle. Morey said the man took off when he saw him and a chase ensued as the motorcycle ignored stop lights along multiple city streets.
Morey called in other police squads for backup, and they pursued the man until his motorcycle crashed at East Wood Street and South East Avenue. The man then took off on foot before falling over and being taken into custody in the 1400 block of East Wood.
Morey said a search of the 30-year-old man and a backpack he was carrying revealed a container packed with more than 118 grams of cannabis, bagged for sale. Police also discovered more than 200 grams of methamphetamine, also bagged for sale, along with $8,500 in cash.
Morey said lying in the grass near the man was a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, and the man was carrying a box of ammunition.
“(He) admitted to possessing the firearm, saying he did so to protect himself from being robbed,” Morey said, adding that the man told police he was a drug dealer.
The man was booked on preliminary charges of armed violence, aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of cannabis and methamphetamine with intent to deliver and resisting and obstructing police. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The man remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of $250,000 bond.