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Updated: 11/16/2013 08:00:02AM

Busted on his birthday

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Reginald Lavelle Liston III was arrested on his 22nd birthday for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and driving with a suspended license, the Bartow Police Department reports.

On Nov. 4, reports say Liston, of 1245 S. Fairview Ave., was driving a Honda Civic north in the 1000 block of Golfview Avenue around Magnolia Street without his headlights on. Because of this, Officer Christina Arribas made a U-turn and tried to stop Liston. He wouldn’t stop his car despite the fact the lights on the patrol were on, the report said.

When the Civic turned turned east onto Hamilton Street from Dunbar Avenue, the officer put on the siren. Liston continued and still refused the stop, the report said.

The Civic then in the area of 1060 Golfview Ave., struck two parked cars, according to reports, then Liston allegedly got out of the car and ran.

Arribas then questioned another person who was in the car and she provided the officer with the name of the person who ran. A check of Liston’s driver’s license showed it was suspended, police report. The witness said she did not know why Liston didn’t stop but she learned the vehicle was involved in a shooting. She said she was not in the car at the time of shooting.

The witness gave consent for a search of the car and the officer found four 9mm rounds of ammunition in the driver’s seat. The witness said she did not have any knowledge of a firearm being in car or of the ammunition.

A criminal history check of the defendant showed he was convicted of felony on Sept. 12, 2011.

Liston was found at 1050 S. Golfview Ave. #607 and arrested by Officer Luke Hauser. In searching, Liston Hauser found a small plastic bag with a green leafy substance which tested positive for 2.2 grams of cannabis.

Upon being booked at the Bartow Police Department, Liston said he fled because his license was suspended and he didn’t want to be arrested. He denied possessing a firearm or ammunition and when he was asked if the ammo belonged to the other person in car, he said it didn’t, the police reported. He did say he was being shot at for no reason just prior to being stopped by the police, the report said.

Man charged in fighting incident

A 33-year-old Lakeland man was charged on Nov. 3 with fighting at Bartow gas station, trying to flee, then found with pot after he was stopped, the Bartow Police Department reports.

At 1:39 p.m., Bartow Police were called to the Racetrac gas station on North Broadway where there was a fight going on.

A witness there told an officer that Timothy Allen Jones, of 3168 Thoroughbred Loop W., Lakeland, drove north on U.S. 98 in a red Toyota pick-up truck with a black trunk lid. Officer Jose Joglar left to look for him and took a partner.

Jones was stopped by Ernest M. Smith Boulevard and asked to produce a driver’s license and to get out of the car. During a pat-down search as Jones had his hands on his head, he told the officers he had a pocket knife in his pocket.

At that time, he tried to move his hands towards the left pocket and the officer pressed harder on his fingers to keep his hands on his head, the report said. As the officer padded the left pocket, reports say he felt several items and then removed what was in there. There was a blue pipe and a knife. When Jones saw the pipe he said, “Oh! Now I’m going to jail,” according to reports.

The pipe had a strong odor of cannabis and when the officer unscrewed it, he found the middle had a brown leafy substance that tested positive for pot.

Jones was read his Miranda rights, which he waived, the report said, and he told the officer he smokes marijuana once a month due to his hemorrhoids. He also said he has not smoked from the pipe in a few weeks but could not provide a specific date, the report said. The weight of the pot was 0.1 grams, the report said.

One of the two officers made contact with the witness at the store who showed a store video of the fight. It appeared a witness was leaving the cash register when he accidentally bumped Jones and said “excuse me.” Jones got upset and told the witness to learn English. The witness then spoke in Spanish and Jones got into his face, where the witness pushed Jones and they continued to argue until Jones left the store and left the gas station in his car, the report said.

Charged with leaving scene of accident

A 25-year-old man was charged Oct. 31 with leaving the scene of crash after he bumped another car causing a minor head injury, the Bartow Police Department reports. He was also charged with violation of probation as he was on that for vehicular homicide, police reported.

Jennifer Danrnell was driving a Kia Spectra and came to a stop on East Main Street and Fourth Avenue. When she made a left turn into the parking lot at 1193 E. Main St., the front end of of Gregory Jerome McBride Jr.’s Crown Victoria hit the back of her Spectra. Darnell said her head hit the door frame and she got a lump on her forehead.

Darnell pulled the rest of the way into the gas station at that address and McBride, of 648 Carver Drive, Lake Wales, sped off, police report.

A little later, a Bartow Police officer found the Crown Victoria on Martin Luther King Drive and stopped the car in which pulled into a business parking lot on U.S. 17. After reading McBride his rights, he told the officer he was driving the car at the time of the crash and drove away because he believed the other car left as well, police reported. He then said he took his daughter to day care.

Cocaine possession charged

A 37-year-old man who was stopped for violating a trespass warning was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 2, the Bartow Police Department reports.

At 8:40 p.m. a Bartow Police Officer Luke Hauser saw Shawn Alexander Rushing walking in Azela Gardens apartment complex and had knowledge that there was a trespass warning against him for that place. When he drove by Rushing, he tried to hide himself by putting his hands over face and turning his back to the marked patrol vehicle, the report said.

Hauser asked Rushing if he knew there was a trespass warning against him and Rushing said he did, the report said. He then asked if he could search Rushing for any contraband or weapons. In the search, Hauser found a red metal pipe with a piece of black rubber hose affixed to it in his pant leg. The pipe had burnt residue inside it that field tested positive for cocaine.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail.

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