By Ray King
A $50,000 bond was set Thursday for a Jefferson County man who is currently on parole on allegations of felony fleeing and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond for Carlos Frazier, 27, who surrendered to sheriff’s deputies Tuesday, two days after the alleged incident.
Reading from a probable cause affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Cody Musselwhite, Deputy Prosecutor Carol Billings said Musselwhite was in the area of Lowman Road and Darby Road on May 17 looking for an older model black vehicle with front end damage that had reportedly been involved in an accident and disturbance.
Billings said Musselwhite was headed back toward Sulphur Springs Road when he saw a vehicle matching the description that was being driven in an erratic manner and when Musselwhite activated his emergency lights, the driver, later identified as Frazier fled.
According to the affidavit, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road and into a ditch and Frazier fled into a wooded area. Musselwhite approached the vehicle, which was still running, and attempted to turn the engine off. He reported that the ignition had been punched and there were wires hanging down. The vehicle shifted into reverse and the door hit Musselwhite, resulting in minor injuries.
Billings said it was later determined that the vehicle had been stolen but had not been reported.
When the vehicle was searched, investigators found seven clear plastic bags containing a green vegetable substance that field tested positive for marijuana and weighed a total of 179 grams.
Frazier was also served with an absconder warrant for violating conditions of his parole. He said he had hired his own attorney.