Local man gets 5 years for drugs, resisting arrest

A Jefferson City man who fled from police officers in December 2012, then fought with them while being taken into custody, has been sentenced to five years in prison, with credit for time served.

Maurice Rollins, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and resisting arrest.

A charge of assaulting a law officer was dismissed.

According to police, Jefferson City Community Action Team officers attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in the area of West Main and Berry streets.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the passenger, Rollins, got out and approached officers.

When questioned, Rollins initially began to walk away, then ran from officers despite orders to stop.

After a foot chase, officers caught Rollins in an alley between Brooks and Berry streets.

Rollins then struck and punched officers, but was eventually taken into custody. A search of Rollins revealed he was carrying nearly a half of a gram of heroin packaged for sale.

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