By Patrick Yost
A man who initially asked a Morgan County investigator for gas money in the parking lot of the Bostwick Citgo ended up arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects and obstruction after he allegedly attempted to flee.
James Oneal Allen, 49, allegedly approached Morgan County Investigator Joseph Pritchett on Friday, Sept. 6 at noon in the parking lot of the convenience store.
Pritchett said initially Allen asked for gas money and when Pritchett said he realized that Allen may have outstanding arrest warrants, he asked for and received Allen’s driver’s license.
Pritchett said Allen then ran to a 2010 Ford Ranger with a small utility trailer attached loaded with scrap metal, started the truck and fled west on Bostwick Highway towards Monroe.
Pritchett said he engaged both siren and emergency lights and followed Allen. In Good Hope, reports state, Allen turned onto Pleasant Valley Road and came to a sudden stop. Allen then attempted to back the truck and trailer causing the trailer to jack knife and causing the truck to become stuck with the trailer.
Pritchett blocked the truck and ordered Allen to stop.
Allen then, reports state, attempted to flee on foot but was tackled in a ditch by the investigator.
Two passing motorists stopped and aided Pritchett in detaining Allen.
A woman passenger in the truck was detained by Walton County authorities for probation violations.
While investigators searched the truck, a black zipper bag containing a glass pipe and small clear bag of 1.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found under the driver seat of the truck.
Allen was arrested and detained at the scene without further incident and was transported to the Morgan Count Detention Center.