Man arrested on drug, gun charges

Staff report

A Clarksville, Tenn., man was arrested for numerous crimes Saturday, including drug and gun charges, after fleeing from police in Russellville.

On Saturday, Aug. 13 at approximately 11:50 a.m., Sgt. Robert Toombs of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Nissan Versa for a possible DUI, according to a police report.

As Toombs was beginning to exit his car, the driver, who was later identified as 33-year-old Sylvester R. Lewis of Clarksville, sped away in an attempt to flee.

Toombs pursued Lewis northbound onto Bowling Green Road, where he was assisted by members of the Russellville Police Department, Auburn Police Department and Deputy Higgins of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department.

Lewis then made an abrupt U-turn at the intersection of Bowling Green Road and Logan County High School to head back toward Russellville.

Lewis then turned south onto West Ninth Street where Master Patrol Officer Jeff Sanford deployed spike strips to disable to fleeing behicle. Lewis made it as far as the hill at the top of Ninth Street before he got out of his car and fled on foot.

He was apprehended a short distance later on East Seventh Street by MPO Chris Bellar of the Russellville Police Department.

After searching Lewis’s car, police found a substantial amount of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as a load 9mm handgun.

Lewis was then arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), second degree possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine), driving under the influence, six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, fleeing or evading police on foot, possession or marijuana and numerous other traffic offenses.

He was lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Staff report

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