Man charged with assault on officer during traffic stop

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 10, 2008

Two Brookhaven men are in jail today, with one charged withaggravated assault on an officer following a routine traffic stopWednesday, authorities said.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. RustyBoyd said Adrian M. Reed, 28, of 300 Marr St., is charged withaggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failure tocomply, among other charges, after he attempted to flee troopers ata routine driver’s license checkpoint on Highway 51. His passenger,Jeffrey Walls, 28, of 716 S. Second Street, is charged with failureto comply and resisting arrest.

Boyd said as Reed’s Mitsubishi Galant approached the checkpoint,officers noticed the smell of what appeared to be marijuana comingfrom the vehicle. Trooper Barry Stingley was speaking with Reed asanother trooper spoke with Walls on the other side of the car.

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“They asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and ofcourse he told them no,” Boyd said.

When Reed put his hand on the gear shift, troopers told him tokeep both hands on the steering wheel.

When Stingley opened the car door in order to cut off the car,Boyd said, Reed attempted to drive away from the scene.

“They drug him about 15 feet before he could get away from thevehicle,” he said.

Reed and Walls were apprehended following a brief pursuit.

Reed is also charged with first offense driving under theinfluence, running a stop sign, improper turn, no proof ofinsurance, speeding, possession of liquor, and possession of beerby the Mississippi Highway Patrol.