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Fleeing results in drug charges

By John Miller, 01/6/14 5:31 AM

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Thomas Shane Pipkin, 37, of Prescott, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines, violation of a protection order, resisting arrest and fleeing on foot.

According to circuit court records, on April 19 around 7:10 p.m., Prescott Police Lt. Wes Turner was sent to McRae Park in response to a violation of protection order. When he arrived he saw Pipkin and Lauren Byrd inside the ball field. An order of protection was in force on Pipkin and Lauren reportedly asked officers to remove him from the area.

When officers approached Pipkin began walking away from them down the fence line and jumped the fence, reportedly walking toward a car parked nearby. Reports state he ignored orders to stop, saying he wasn’t going to jail. At this time he began running with officers in pursuit.

Along with Turner, Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies Robert Missey and David Thomason also gave chase. Pipkin was caught in a yard in the area of East Third and Arnold St. with the help of Missey’s K-9 partner.

Records state he continued resisting arrest while officers tried to handcuff him. He was taken to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office where he was searched. Officers found a small bag in his pocket. The bag reportedly contained a glass pipe with what appeared to be methamphetamine residue in it. A brown coin purse with about $20 was also found during the search as was a red piece of straw with possible drug residue in it. A small plastic bag containing a white powder believed to be meth was also found.

The paraphernalia and possession charges are class D felonies punishable ty up to six years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000. Violating the protection order is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in county jail and a fine up to $2,500. Resisting arrest is also a class A misdemeanor, while fleeing is a class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $500 or both.

Bond was set at $25,000. Pipkin made his first appearance on these charges on May 24 where he was given a public defender.

On Aug. 27, a petition for revocation was filed because, records state, Pipkin violated the terms of his probation.