According to information provided by the Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer, around 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Patrolman Jeremy Mace reported seeing a vehicle roll through a stop sign while turning onto Lambert Street from Jackson Street. When the officer turned around to perform a traffic stop, the "vehicle took off at a high rate of speed."
Mace reported the vehicle drove through two stop signs before stopping at a driveway of a home in the 500 block of Ringo Drive. Mace said he witnessed the driver climb over the front seat into the back, while a passenger in the vehicle remained seated.
Assisted by Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill and Clay County Sheriff's Department Reserve Deputy Benny Boes, the unidentified passenger left the vehicle without incident when asked. However, the driver, William J. Taylor, 24, refused officers request and had to be physically removed from the vehicle.
While officers were questioning the passenger, Boes reported witnessing Taylor throw a container on the ground containing more than a dozen pills of prescription medication inside. When questioned about the container, Taylor denied it was his. Officials confirmed the pills were schedule 2, 3, and 4 controlled substances.
Noticing signs of intoxication, officers asked Taylor to take a field chemical test, but he refused.
Once Taylor and the passenger were placed in custody in two separate patrol cars, officers searched and discovered the remains of a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of Taylor's vehicle.
Officials confirmed the passenger was released from the scene, while Taylor was transported to the Clay County Justice Center. He was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 30 grams, possession of paraphernalia.