A York man who fought with police officers after they found him in Clover with marijuana in his girlfriend’s car was stunned with three prongs from a Taser before he complied with police commands and went to jail early Friday.
Some time after midnight, a Clover police officer patrolling the area around Kings Mountain and Main streets noticed a car with a cracked window make an illegal right turn and cross into another lane, according to a Clover police report. The officer stopped the car, a white 1993 Prizm, and found three people inside.
While speaking with the driver, the officer smelled “a faint odor of marijuana mixed with some type of cologne that had been recently sprayed” in the car, the report states. The driver denied smoking marijuana. One of the passengers told police he had been at a party, where others were smoking pot. Police began searching the car, noticing that the backseat passenger, identified as Bar-Mel Adams, of York, reach towards the floor. When he opened the door to talk to officers, the odor of marijuana intensified, police said.
Police found several bags of pot where Adams, 23, had been sitting, the report states. Police tried to arrest him, but Adams began to run. The officer chased Adams before firing his Taser. The Taser, he reported, did not have the “full effect” on Adams, so he took him to the ground and stunned him again, shooting three prongs into the suspect before he stopped fighting. He was arrested and taken to the York County Detention Center, where a small pill identified as a muscle relaxer fell out of his clothes.
He was charged with resisting arrest, possesion with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, police say. The car belongs to Adams’ girlfriend. She arrived on scene to reclaim it. The other two men were not charged.