MOULTRIE, Ga. — A passenger struggled with a Moultrie police officer during a traffic stop Friday. A bystander helped take him into custody, but the driver of the car ran away.

A Moultrie police officer saw a 2003 Honda Accord fail to make a complete stop at a stop sign on First Street at Second Avenue Northwest at 10:38 a.m. Friday, so he turned on his blue lights for a traffic stop. The car came to a stop at the Moultrie Post office on North Main Street.

During the stop, the officer requested backup, and Lt. Steve Exum of the Drug Enforcement Team responded.

The officer told Exum the driver, whom he had identified, had run, but the passenger had been arrested after a brief struggle. A bystander had helped take the man into custody.

The bystander told Exum that as he drove up to the post office, he saw the passenger strike the officer during the struggle, so he ran to help.

Exum saw three clear plastic bags on the ground where the struggle took place, one containing marijuana, one containing crack cocaine and one containing two bluish tablets, according to his report. A search of the vehicle found two sets of digital scales, a box of plastic sandwich bags and numerous used sandwich bags containing marijuana residue, Exum said.

Two phones were also recovered from the car, and Exum said he’d seek search warrants on the phones to try to identify co-conspirators.

Exum performed field tests on the suspected drugs. Eight grams of suspected marijuana were recovered, which tested positive for THC, he said. About two grams of suspected crack cocaine tested positive for cocaine, and the two tablets tested positive for methamphetamine.

Anthony Emanuel White, 30, 1101 Fourth Ave. S.E., was charged with probation violation, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and obstruction of an officer, according to a booking report at the Colquitt County Jail.

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