Jamell Wesley Marsh

Jamell Wesley Marsh

A Rossville man was arrested on more than a dozen charges after he allegedly tried to run from police during a traffic stop, only to be caught with drugs and a stolen gun in his possession, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Jamell Wesley Marsh, 30, of Seventh Street, was arrested Jan. 31 on charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane, improper lane change, trafficking in cocaine, driving while license suspended, attempting to elude police, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, theft by receiving stolen property, marijuana possession, firearm possession by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. His bond was set at $23,500. A hold has also been placed on him out of Walker County.

Police encountered Marsh just after 3 a.m. Jan. 31 when officer James Davis observed him driving erratically along LaFayette Road. Davis says he noticed the silver 2004 Dodge Durango driving oddly slow, weaving in and out of its lane, and making illegal turns, which prompted the attempted traffic stop.

Marsh drove off when Davis tried to stop him, with a short chase ensuing before the vehicle slid to a stop behind a church on Campbell Street.

"Mr. Jamell Marsh stumbled out of the driver seat and then attempted to run into the woods," Officer James Davis said.

Once Marsh got to the nearby wooded area, he fell down and was immediately placed under arrest, reports show.

While searching Marsh's vehicle, Davis says he found a blunt still burning in the console of the SUV. After finding marijuana in Marsh's pocket, Davis says he also found a backpack containing a large sum of cash, cocaine, mushrooms, oxycodone pills, and alprazolam pills.

"I continued to look in the vehicle and discovered a loaded Glock 19 pistol with a 30-round magazine sitting in the passenger seat under the backpack," Davis said.

Dispatch was able to discover that the weapon was reported stolen out of Panama City, Fla., reports show.

The drugs, gun, and cash were then turned over to the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force, and Marsh was transported to jail without further incident.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.