Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFING; Man Charged in Police Struggle He's Accused of Lunging at Officer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFING; Man Charged in Police Struggle He's Accused of Lunging at Officer

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

A 21-year-old Northside man was arrested Aug. 23 on charges of battery against a police officer, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he tried to attack an officer when he was pulled over in the 11400 block of Beach Boulevard.

An officer spotted a white Mercury Tracer using a turn lane to pass some cars at 12:15 p.m. and pulled it over, police said. When the driver said he didn't have a license, the officer put him in the back seat of his cruiser after a search turned up a pocketknife. He ran a background search after asking for the driver's name.

The search turned up an outstanding warrant, and the man was handcuffed before being transferred to another police car. But during the transfer, the man tried to lunge at one of the officers and run away before he was tackled. A subsequent search turned up a small semi-automatic handgun hidden in the man's pants leg, and he was further restrained and taken to jail, police said.***Once there, police learned the man had given a false name and didn't have an arrest warrant. But they learned he had been convicted on felony sale of cocaine three years ago; hence the possession charge, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office:

-- A 21-year-old Southside man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after detectives spotted him sitting next to marijuana plants growing on his apartment balcony at 7595 Baymeadows Circle West, police said.

Detectives were investigating a drug complaint at the complex when they walked past an apartment at 4:45 p.m. and saw the man sitting next to the marijuana plants, police said. When the detectives circled around again a few minutes later, the plants and man were gone, so they knocked on the door.

The man who answered told them he didn't have any marijuana. …

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