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Running From Police Only Adds Charges

A local man recently learned the hard way that running from police to avoid a misdemeanor arrest only makes things worse.

Late Thursday night, just after midnight, officers with the LaGrange Police Department were traveling on East Depot Street near Johnson Street when officers observed a gold Honda Accord roll through a stop sign at the intersection.

Police then attempted to catch up to the vehicle in order to conduct a traffic stop, but it immediately pulled into a driveway.

Officers then made contact with the driver, Mondarius Trevon Wilder, as he exited the vehicle and confronted him about not coming to a complete stop at the stop sign. Wilder was found to have a valid license, but officers also observed an odor of marijuana in the immediate area. Wilder initially consented to a search of his person, but when officers observed that the odor of marijuana was coming from the inside of the vehicle he denied a search request and told police that they needed a search warrant.

Officer then explained to Wilder that they did not need a search warrant due to probable cause from the odor and he became uncooperative.

According to police, as they attempted to detain Wilder he became increasingly uncooperative and began to backpedal, eventually taking off running up East Depot Street.

Additional officers then captured Wilder on Johnson Street and he was taken into custody.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic bag containing a small amount of suspected marijuana.

As a result, Wilder, age 21, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce and Obstruction.