New Castle News

March 29, 2013

Police arrest men after traffic stop

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police arrested two men during a traffic stop on the city’s West Side.

Ronald E. Clark Jr. 40, of 332 Halco Drive was arrested on three bench warrants when he got out of the car and ran from police around 9 p.m. Monday.

New Castle police chased him, caught him and found he had a bottle containing suspected marijuana. He is charged with flight to avoid apprehension and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Police said they initially tried to pull the car over, but the driver, Michael Scott Cottrill II, 24, of 208 E. Madison Ave., at first did not stop.

While Clark was on the run, Cottrill had opened his door and another officer held him at gunpoint, then arrested him, according to police.

Cottrill also was wanted on a warrant from the Lawrence County domestic relations office.

Police had the car impounded and found a pair of metal knuckles in the glove box. The car’s registration had expired in July and Cottrill’s driver’s license is under suspension, police said.

Cottrill is charged with having an offensive weapon, fleeing and eluding, driving while his license is suspended, driving an unregistered vehicle and a turning violation.

Both men were arraigned by District Judge Jennifer Nicholson, who set Clark’s bond at $5,000 and Cottrill’s bond at $2,500. They are in the Lawrence County jail.