Drug suspect subdued with pepper spray

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 11, 2005

MURFREESBORO – A Murfreesboro Police officer was uninjured here last week where he was forced to struggle with a man suspected of cocaine possession.

Cornelious Moye, 25, of Irvin Rd., Murfreesboro, was taken to the Hertford County Jail on Jan. 5 where he was incarcerated under a combined $36,000 bond. A portion of that bond ($5,000) was levied by the Hertford County Department of Probation and Parole, stemming from a probation violation on another charge.

Murfreesboro Police officer Dave Jacobs charged Moye with resist, obstruct and delay, possession with intent to sale and deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Those charges brought a bond of $31,000.

According to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe, Jacobs was patrolling the Powell Rd. and Irvin Rd. area at approximately 2 p.m. on Jan. 5 where he observed a vehicle come to a stop, the driver exit the vehicle and begin to walk away.

&uot;Officer Jacobs approached the man and asked what he was doing,&uot; said Chief Rowe. &uot;There was no answer to that question and as Officer Jacobs began to attempt to make additional conversation with the man, Mr. Moye ran.&uot;

Rowe said Jacobs yelled at Moye to stop, but he continued to flee.

&uot;At that time, Officer Jacobs began to pursue Mr. Moye on foot, eventually overtaking him inside Westwood Mobile Home Park,&uot; Rowe stated.

A struggle ensued, at which time Jacobs was forced to use pepper spray to subdue Moye. After cuffing Moye, Jacobs searched the suspect, finding a bag containing a substance that was later determined to be crack cocaine.

Chief Rowe reported that Moye, upon his arrival at the Murfreesboro Police Department, was first decontaminated from the pepper spray before being seen by the Magistrate.

&uot;I commend Officer Jacobs for his professionalism in making this arrest where he was able to take more of this poison off our streets,&uot; said Chief Rowe. &uot;This marks the second time in one week where Officer Jacobs has made a drug arrest following a foot chase. He did a great job in both cases.&uot;