A Vinton County man is in custody after he attempted to flee Jackson Police officers. The incident took place after the police attempted to conduct a traffic stop in downtown Jackson last Saturday night, Sept. 12.

The Jackson Police Department (JPD) report that the suspect, 29-year-old Buddy Wright III, faces traffic-related as well as possible drug-related charges in Jackson, but is currently in the custody of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) on an outstanding warrant.

According to JPD, at approximately 8:45 p.m. Saturday, officers on patrol attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Broadway Street in the block between Main and Court streets on a 1999 model Buick Century, which allegedly had a defective exhaust. However, the driver failed to stop and attempted to drive away from officers.

The Buick turned into an alley off Broadway which runs behind The Cambrian, then turned right onto Church Street toward the main downtown area. The car then turned right on Main Street, left on Broadway, and right on Pearl Street. Officers estimated the car was traveling at speeds of 30-35 miles per hour, but managed to hit all green lights.

After turning onto Pearl, the car then turned into an alley behind The Corner Pub, then turned left onto an intersecting alley toward Portsmouth Street. At this point the driver, later identified as Wright, bailed from the moving car and fled on foot. Wright ran a short distance across Pearl Street and into the JPD parking lot at 199 Portsmouth St. where one of the officers was able to capture him without further incident.

Meanwhile, a second JPD officer had stopped Wright’s car, which was still in the driving gear when he jumped out. One female and one male passenger who were in the car were detained. Officers reportedly saw a drug syringe in clear view inside the car. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered suspected methamphetamine and heroin as well as drug-related items such as the syringe, scales, plastic baggies, and cash.

No charges were immediately filed against Wright, pending an analysis of the suspected illegal drugs. He is expected to face such traffic-related charges as failure to comply, driving under suspension, no turn signal, and defective exhaust. Police say the female passenger could also possibly face drug-related charges.

Wright was arrested on the VCSO warrant and was turned over to VCSO deputies that same night.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and troopers from the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were also called to assist.