ST. GEORGE – A 27-year-old probation fugitive was located in St. George Wednesday and arrested for drugs and failing to stop at the command of an officer following a brief foot chase with officers and a trip to the hospital.
Chance Horne, a probation fugitive for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, was located at St. George Inn and Suites, 1221 S. Main St., after he was observed walking on the south side of the hotel complex, Adult Probation and Parole Officer Jerry Borrowman said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
When officers attempted to make contact with Horne, he looked at the officers and turned and ran, according to the statement.
Horne was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.
After complaining of a knee injury, Horne was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, the statement said. While at the hospital, Horne was questioned about items in the pockets of his shorts.
“(Horne) admitted to having a drug kit in his shorts,” Borrowman said in the statement.
Borrowman removed a soft black bag from the inside of Horne’s shorts containing a syringe, two tinfoil balls and a clear plastic bag with a white crystal substance.
As Borrowman opened the tinfoil balls, Horne admitted they contained heroin, according to the statement.
The substance inside the tinfoil tested positive for heroin, the statement said, and the white crystal substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Horne was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with two third-degree felonies for drug possession, a class A misdemeanor for failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Jeffrey C. Wilcox, of the 5th District Court, set Horne’s bail at $25,850 during his initial court appearance Thursday.
Horne is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 17, where he will be represented by court appointed Attorney Douglas Terry after being found indigent by the court.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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