By Jessie Williams
A Lafayette man is behind bars on a long list of charges after attempting to flee law enforcement during a traffic stop.
According to Macon County detective Jacob McClard, deputies attempted a traffic stop on December 7, 2021 on Old Highway 52, when the vehicle accelerated at high rate of speed.
While pursuing the vehicle, officers observed an object being thrown from the passenger side window.
One of the deputies assisting in the pursuit stopped to secure the area where the object was thrown.
A short time later, the vehicle being pursued stopped and the driver was identified as 61-year-old Terry Wooten. A male passenger and a female passenger were also in the vehicle.
After all three subjects were detained, detectives went back to the area where the item had been thrown from the vehicle and found a Ziploc baggie containing multiple smaller Ziploc baggies filled with a crystal substance.
The substance weighed approximately 35 grams, and field tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.
A smoking pipe was also discovered during a search of the vehicle.
Mr. Wooten was arrested on the scene and transported to the Macon County Jail for booking.
He was charged with possession of a schedule 2 drug (2 counts), possession of a schedule 2 drug for resale (2 counts), driving in possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
His bond was set at $35,000, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on Jan. 12, 2022.