According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, shortly after midnight, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jarik S. Rogers, 29, rural Brazil, near a gas station at the intersection of State Roads 42 and 59.
While being questioned, Rogers allegedly shoved and ran away from the deputy. After a short foot pursuit and brief struggle, deputies took Rogers into custody without further incident.
Meanwhile, Brazil City Police Department Patrolman Jeremy Mace, who was responding to the call for backup, arrived on the scene with K-9 Officer Anya. Anya indicated the presence of drugs on Rogers and during a search of the area located a package containing an undisclosed amount of marijuana and prescription drugs allegedly tossed by the suspect during the foot pursuit.
Taken into custody, Rogers was transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.
However, after complaining of being lightheaded and nauseous, Rogers was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a medical check-up. Once cleared, he was returned to the CCJC.
Facing an initial cash bond of $10,000 (with no 10 percent allowed) for the new charges, Rogers was booked on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia, battery and possession of marijuana over 30 grams.
Rogers is also being held on the three outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear in court, including one for misdemeanor operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license, one for felony disorderly conduct and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license and another for felony drug charges and an enhancement charge for being a Habitual Offender.
Appearing in Clay Circuit Court for the three outstanding arrest warrants Thursday morning, Judge Joseph Trout accepted Rogers' not guilty pleas, appointed a public defender in the matters and amended the bond information in the three cases.
While Rogers may be released on his own recognizance for the misdemeanor case, it will not happen until consecutive cash bonds of $3,000 and $7,000 (with no 10 percent allowed on either) are paid and the bond set for the new charges is also met.
Rogers remains incarcerated at the CCJC awaiting further court proceedings.