UNA Police take part in foot chase through campus

UNA Police encountered an unruly foot chase through the university campus Nov. 4 during a routine traffic stop on Pine Street, according to officials.

Officer Jeff Clifton with UNA Police stopped a vehicle that was speeding on Pine Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. Police said Javon Alexander, the passenger of the vehicle, had what appeared to be marijuana remnants on his T-shirt at the time of the traffic stop.

“I had him exit (the vehicle),” Clifton said. “When he did, he acted as though he was going to cooperate but quickly tried to run. I grabbed hold of him and we fell to the ground, injuring my left knee. He broke free and ran north.”

After Clifton requested help from campus and local police officers, Alexander was discovered and arrested near UNA’s practice field. An ambulance was called shortly after because the suspect had allegedly injured his hands on several fences and swallowed some marijuana, said Clifton.

Alexander is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, second-degree marijuana possession, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and carrying a firearm with no permit.

“Officer Montgomery searched his jacket and discovered a loaded Ruger 380 caliber pistol with a round chamber,” Clifton said. “He also found an Rx bottle with 10 pieces of what appeared to be crack cocaine.”

Alexander was released from jail on a $7,500 bond.