For the second time in as many weeks, law enforcement officers in Pontotoc County and Ada have charged someone with sneaking contraband into the county jail.
Thursday evening, 25-year-old Carl Watham and 20-year-old Chelsi Smith were accused by police and arrested on charges of speeding and swerving, for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, hiding contraband inside the Pontotoc County Jail, carrying offensive weapons, running from peace officers, carrying marijuana with intent to sell it inside 2,000 feet of a school and a lot of other stuff to be added later, officials said.
This time, it was Deputy John Murphy with the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department who began making the discoveries. It all started when he noticed a Chevrolet pickup traveling north at the intersection of 10th and Mississippi in Ada.
According to his report, he noticed, among other things, the vehicle weaving from side to side. It would swerve left, crossing the center line, then cross the center line to the right side.
Murphy followed the pickup into Taco Bell when he noticed other items of suspicion, which soon led to the arrival of other police officers from Ada and Chickasaw Lighthouse Police Department.
After a bit of persuasion, everyone migrated to the Pontotoc County Jail.
First though, the persuasion part.
Murphy asked Deputy Shandy Bynum to check Smith for offensive weapons with the intention of administering the sobriety tests afterward.
Bynum then asked Smith to face the vehicle. Smith, the report said, looked at the officers, slipped out of her shoes and took off barefoot, fleeing southeast toward Seventh St.
Bynum and Murphy ran after her, yelling several times for her to stop. She continued to run just the same, the report said. She ran south, then north and east. Finally, the report said, she began running toward Murphy since she was now in a carport with nowhere else to run.