SIKESTON -- An attempt to flee Sikeston Public Safety officers was foiled when the Department's four-footed officer took a bite out of crime.
J'Shaun Thatch, 21, is in custody on charges of second degree drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest for a felony, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on a police animal. He is being held in the Scott County Jail with bond set at $150,000 cash only.
According to Lt. Jim McMillen, Sikeston Department of Public Safety's public information officer, Thatch was taken into custody following a vehicle stop at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on Gladys Street, near Kingshighway.
"The officer began questioning the four occupants and noticed they were acting very nervous," McMillen said. "The officer requested backup and the Canine Unit responded along with another officer."
During the vehicle stop, the K-9 Eros alerted to the odor of narcotics being present in the vehicle. The officer had the vehicle's occupants exit one at a time in order to pat them down, McMillen said.
During a search of Thatch the officer located approximately 6 grams of what appeared to be cocaine in his pocket. "As soon as the officer pulled the narcotics from his pocket Mr. Thatch pushed the officer back and fled on foot," according to McMillen.
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