An Allenhurst man with a suspended license attempted to evade a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop and ended up crashing his car and being stunned by a Taser, according to the incident report.
While on patrol in Walthourville, Sgt. Dennis Abbgy, noticed a car driven by a known suspended driver, Jarvis Labaron Williams, and attempted to pull over the
vehicle, according to the May 2 incident report. When the deputy turned on his lights, the driver continued down the road and turned onto a dirt trail and proceeded at a high rate of speed, the report says.
The sheriff’s office released video of the incident Thursday.
The vehicle took a right and then another right, driving through a stop sign when entering the roadway and almost causing an accident with another motor vehicle, according to the report, and Williams then accelerated toward the Hinesville city limits. The vehicle attempted to make a right turn onto Davis Street and crashed in a stop sign at an intersection, lost control of the vehicle and slid to a stop at the wood line, the report says.
Abbgy exited his patrol vehicle and attempted to make contact with Williams on the passenger side because the driver-side door was blocked by trees and could barely be opened. The deputy gave several loud verbal commands for the suspect to show his hands and exit the vehicle, but instead, the driver tried to accelerate as though he were attempting to flee again, according to the report. Abbgy tried to open the passenger door but the driver locked it with his right hand, and then Williams tried to eat a plastic bag filled with a white, powdery substance, the report says.
Abbgy broke the passenger window with a tactical tool in an attempt to remove Williams from the vehicle, according to the report. He gave loud verbal commands for the driver to exit the vehicle, but he would not, the report says, so the deputy drew his Taser and fired one shot at the driver’s right torso. When the Taser darts struck Williams, he spit out a clear plastic bag onto the console, according to the report. The deputy manually unlocked the passenger door and opened it and instructed the driver to exit the vehicle over the center console, the report says.
While he was exiting, Williams grabbed a clear plastic jeweler’s bag from the cup holder that contained an off-white powdery substance and attempted to ingest it, too, according to the report. Another deputy arrived and assisted in pulling the driver out of the car and detaining him, the report says.
A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic bag tied into a knot containing a large amount of off-white powdery substance in a Newport cigarette pack in the right front passenger-side floor board, according to the report.
The evidence was collected and turned over to a detective with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, and the driver was transported to Liberty County Jail. Williams was issued citations for possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, weaving over the roadway, driver’s license suspended (misdemeanor), failure to obey a stop sign, fleeing/attempting to elude (misdemeanor), obstruction, tampering with evidence (felony) and reckless driving.