JONESBORO, Ark. – A man was found breaking into vehicles Monday night in Jonesboro, a police report said. He fled authorities but was arrested after a short pursuit.
Officer Bryan Davis noticed something was wrong at 2:30 AM Monday morning. While patrolling on Gee Street, he noticed a vehicle door open at Foley Motors. He pulled in to investigate and that’s when the suspect, Antonio B. Burton, 34, of Jonesboro, stepped back from inside of the vehicle. The officer pulled his weapon as the suspect put his hand in his pants. The officer said it appeared Burton was destroying evidence on the ground by grinding his foot into something. Then, the suspect fled, the report said.
The officer followed. He deployed his Tazer causing Burton to fall in the parking lot but the suspect refused to follow commands, the report said. Instead, his hands were moving toward his mouth, leading the officer to believe he was eating narcotics in an effort to conceal evidence. The man was drive-stunned with the Tazer, handcuffed, and taken into custody.
The officer noticed loose meth on the ground from where the suspect had thrown bags containing it. Inside of the bags of the suspect, the officer found a number of small items believed stolen from Foley Motors.
Burton was taken to St. Bernard’s for treatment before being taken to Craighead County Detention Center. He’s facing charges of possession of meth, tampering with physical evidence, breaking or entering, fleeing, and resisting arrest. His bond is shown as $5,000 on the CCDC website and as of Wednesday afternoon, he was still incarcerated.