2 arrested after man refuses to leave hotel, leads Jacksonville police on chase

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:49pm

A man was arrested by Jacksonville authorities Friday morning after he refused to leave a local hotel, then led police on a foot chase into a creek bed .

According to the Jacksonville Police Department, they received a call from management members at the Extend A Suites Motel on the 1400 block of East Rusk St. around 9:15 a.m.

Hotel employees claimed they asked a guest to leave repeatedly because of "suspicious activity," however, the man would not comply.

Management also reported a lot of activity in the room the man was staying in at the time. Workers reported seeing several people people going in and out throughout the evening.

When police arrived at the business, they approached the motel room where the suspect, Orenthal Jay Mallard, 36, was staying with a woman, Chasidy Sexton, 20. After authorities smelled a strong marijuana odor and asked the Mallard to step outside and began a probable cause search of the room.

Police found a handgun, marijuana and other narcotic contraband during the search. Police also searched Mallard's vehicle, where they found magazines, ammunition and additional drug residue. Police also discovered that he was wanted on a probation warrant in Jasper County.

When officers attempted to take Mallard into custody, he struggled and escaped, running eastbound on East Rusk St. Police chased Mallard down the road and into a creek between Catfish King and Jalapeno Tree just east of the Extend A Suites motel. It took at least three officers to wrangle Mallard into handcuffs.

Both Mallard and Sexton were arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail on multiple charges.

In addition to his previous probation warrant, Mallard has been charged with evading arrest, assault of a peace officer causing bodily injury, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and failure to identify himself as a fugitive.

Sexton has been charged with possession marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver a controlled substance.


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