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HANDCUFFED MAN CHECKING FOR DRUGS IN HIS UNDERWEAR ATTEMPTS ESCAPE

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Just before midnight Wednesday, Cumberland County deputies patrolling Highway 70 North saw a man walking along the road with no visible light. The man, 33-year-old Brandon James Lakins, said he was headed to Sonic and asked deputies for a bottle of water. Deputies said they didn’t have any water, and they didn’t think Sonic was open that late.

A dispatch check determined Lakins had an active violation of probation warrant.

While he was being handcuffed, Lakins advised deputies he had a syringe in his pocket. This was removed; a subsequent search turned up a small amount of meth.

Lakins then said he thought he might have more drugs in his underwear.

When escorted to the rear of the patrol vehicle and told to retrieve it, Lakins reportedly told a deputy not to watch him. Fearing he might attempt to throw any possible evidence into the weeds, a deputy stepped between Lakins and the side of the road.

Lakins, who was still handcuffed, took off across the road, through a yard and into a field. Lakins was apprehended after a short pursuit; during a struggle, he incurred a minor abrasion to his nose.

While being returned to the patrol vehicle, Lakins kept trying to jerk his arm away and behaved in a combative manner.

In addition to the outstanding warrant, Lakins was charged with escape, resisting arrest and manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of meth. He was placed under $6,500 bond and is due in court June 7.

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