With help from Jackson County deputies, officers of the Commerce Police Department filed three charges against a local man who fled on foot from a routine traffic stop.
Police charged James Cory Chambers, 27, of 266 Forest Lake Road, Commerce, with felony obstruction of officers, possession of methamphetamine and violation of the open container law — and with unspecified charges from outstanding Hall County felony warrants.
According to the arrest report, Chambers was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over at about 10:25 in the evening on Steve Reynolds Industrial Boulevard because a headlight was out. As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw a man in the right front seat who appeared to be hiding something on his right side.
The officer asked the driver for her insurance information and inquired of the passenger — Chambers — what he was doing. Chambers produced a large knife, the report said, and claimed he was getting it off his person. When the officer asked Chambers for his ID, Chambers said he had none. The officer observed that Chambers appeared overly nervous.
He went to the passenger side and asked Chambers to open the door, and when Chambers complied, a half-full Bud Light can fell out, and Chamber admitted that he’d been trying to hide the beverage. The officer attempted to put Chambers in handcuffs to detain him while he worked with the driver, but Chambers started running. The officer said he grabbed Chambers by the shirt and the two of them “went to the ground,” whereupon Chambers struck him in the head and fled, leaving his shirt behind.
According to a Jackson County incident report, shortly thereafter someone called 911 to report a shirtless white male running across Hwy. 98 toward the Flying J travel plaza. After a brief chase, deputies caught Chambers and recovered a wallet identifying him.
Meanwhile, getting permission from the driver of the vehicle to search it, Commerce officers recovered a backpack inside of which they allegedly found a set of digital scales, a spoon and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle said the backpack belonged to Chambers.
For all of the arrests recorded last week by the Commerce Police Department, see the Dec. 24 edition of The Commerce News.