Early Thursday police chase ends with creative explanation

JONESBORO, Ark. – A 27-year-old man gave authorities chase early Thursday in Jonesboro but when he was caught, his explanation for the large amount of weed he had was unusual.

He said he planned to smoke 27 joints for his birthday.

The incident began at 2 a.m. Thursday morning, with officers traveling west on Belt Street when a white Nissan Xterra turned south, sharply, with a broken taillight. The driver sped up when police followed, driving in the opposite lane and actively fleeing, the officers reported. They deactivated their lights and followed from a safe distance.

Police followed the vehicle as it ran a red light at Main Street and Johnson Avenue, before it turned south onto North Culberhouse. When officers approached, they noticed the driver had fled the scene. A witness was taken into custody and later released without being charged.

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At the same time as officers were securing the suspect vehicle, Officer Trey Chism was trying to intercept the fleeing suspect. After a short foot chase, the suspect, Leroy Jones, 27, of Jonesboro, was arrested. Jones reportedly told the officer what he wanted was in the backpack.

Inside, the officer found a black box with two grinders, a set of scales, at least 18 hand-rolled marijuana cigars, a box of clear plastic bags and two bags of pot. The suspect reportedly said he was going to smoke 27 joints for his birthday.

Jones was arrested for felony possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless and prohibited driving and fleeing, all three misdemeanors.

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