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Struggle with deputy ends in charges

Struggle with deputy ends in charges

September 22nd, 2017 in Local News

A Jefferson City man is facing multiple charges after an altercation with a Cole County deputy.

Jason Williams, 26, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Court documents show the incident occurred Tuesday morning at the Dollar General Store on West Business 50.

Williams was first seen hiding behind the building by an off-duty deputy, but then he went inside the store.

When he came out, an on-duty deputy talked with Williams and eventually did a pat-down search of Williams. He began to resist the deputy, who said he believed Williams was in possession of a rocky substance in his pants pocket. Williams then ran from the deputy, but after a short struggle, the deputy was able to handcuff him.

During the struggle, a white crystal substance had fallen on the ground. It later tested positive for methamphetamine. Authorities also found a handgun that turned out to have been in Williams' possession.

Williams told authorities he had been out of prison for about four months and was a convicted felon.