JONESBORO — A Lake City man was being held in jail Wednesday after police say he injured an officer during an arrest.

Robert Carter, 52, fled from a vehicle Monday that Jonesboro Police Officer Aasin Lester was going to pull over for a defective license plate light, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A foot chase ensued in the area of North Church Street and East Gordon Street. In a church parking lot, Lester used his Taser twice on Carter.

Carter “wouldn’t comply” to Lester’s orders to place his hands behind his back, the affidavit read. When the officer attempted to arrest the suspect, he “was reaching for a knife that was on his waist.”

After a scuffle with Lester, Carter threw a pill bottle containing an assortment of pills and 2.4 grams of marijuana in a neighboring yard, reports state.

The officer pointed his gun at him and attempted to pepper spray him, but the suspect still didn’t comply with the officer’s order to place his hands behind his back.

Carter reached into his right pants pocket, the affidavit states. Because Officer Tanner Huff “was worried that Carter may have a weapon in his pocket,” the officer hit the suspect in the torso twice with his knee.

He then complied with officers and was handcuffed, but it didn’t stop him from reaching for the knife clipped to his pocket, according to the affidavit.

Other items seized from Carter include two glass meth pipes and 1.5 grams of meth, the incident read.

Huff wasn’t injured but Lester “sustained minor injuries during a short scuffle with Mr. Carter,” said Sally Smith, JPD public information specialist.

“He was transported to St. Bernards where he was treated and released,” she said.

District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Wednesday to charge Carter with possession of meth less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree battery injuring an officer, aggravated assault on a certified law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana less than 4 ounces, fleeing and parole violation.

His bond was set at $100,000, cash or surety. The suspect’s next court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. July 27 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.

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