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Traffic stop, foot chase lands Thomson men in jail

A traffic stop, followed by a three-block foot chase, led to the arrests of two Thomson men and the seizure of more than four ounces of marijuana by troopers with the Georgia State Patrol on Monday afternoon.

Senior Trooper John Freeman of the GSP post in Thomson, identified the suspects as Jason Jackson, 23, of Mynett Street, and Antwain Bonner, 23, of the 900 block of Old Washington Road.

Mr. Jackson was charged with violation of the Georgia Seatbelt Law, no proof of insurance and carrying a pistol without a license, according to Trooper Cadet David Staniszewski, who stopped the suspect when he and a passenger were observed not wearing their seatbelts.

Cadet Staniszewski said Mr. Bonner was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, giving a false name, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and seatbelt violation.

Trooper Freeman said Mr. Jackson, driving a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice, was pulled over on Dell Drive at 2:29 p.m. His passenger, Mr. Bonner, fled on foot along Bussey Avenue with Cadet Staniszewski giving chase. Mr. Bonner later tripped which led to his capture.

While being searched, the trooper discovered him to be in the possession of two plastic bags containing marijuana. The marijuana weighed slightly more than four ounces, Cadet Staniszeski said. Authorities later found a set of scales in the car, as well as a .40-caliber pistol.

Both men were taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson. The car was towed from the scene by a local wrecker service.

It marks the second time in as many weeks that the same two troopers have been involved in a chase and discovery of marijuana.

In that case, 19-year-old Damarous Crowder, of Holt Street, Thomson, remains in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center on multiple traffic and other charges, Trooper Freeman said.

Mr. Crowder attempted to elude the troopers for about a half mile off Harrison Road and along several city streets. He was eventually stopped on Holt Street where troopers took him into custody.

The suspect was charged with the following offenses: fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, no driver's license, VGCSA for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving too fast for conditions, failure to signal when turning, music violation, having an unregistered vehicle, unlawful use of a license plate, no insurance and seatbelt violation.

Thomson police officers, who assisted troopers, later discovered 15 individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana, which the suspect reportedly threw out of his car during the chase.

Web posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009

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