LIMA — A jury trial got under way Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for a Lima man prosecutors say fled from police on several occasions and purchased drugs from an undercover police informant three times last year between Oct. 4 and Dec. 28.
During opening statements, Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Destiny Caldwell said evidence to be presented during the trial will show that Alonzo Williams, 28, fled from of police as they attempted to initiate a routine traffic stop on Oct. 4 in the Fourth Street area of Lima and led officers on a high-speed afternoon chase in a densely-populated area around Unity Elementary School.
After Williams pulled into a residence at 1144 E. Third St., prosecutors allege, he fled on foot and eluded police. Drugs were found in the back yard of the Third Street residence and drugs and money were found in the car from which Williams had exited, Caldwell told jurors.
The case was then turned over the the West Central Ohio Task Force, which initiated a drug buy using a confidential informant. The informant said he purchased drugs from a man known as Czar — who was later identified as Williams. After it was learned there were outstanding warrants for Williams’ arrest, another drug buy was set up for December at an apartment complex on Hope Street, Caldwell said. As officers moved in Williams attempted to flee but was quickly taken into custody. The prosecutor said evidence will show that he pulled a handgun from his waistband as he fled.
“The evidence speaks for itself,” Caldwell said.
Defense Attorney Anthony Vannoy deferred opening statements.
Williams was indicted by grand jury in February 2019 on 10 felony counts, including failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, possession of heroin with a specification for the forfeiture of money in a drug case, aggravated possession of drugs with a specification for the forfeiture of money in a drug case, aggravated possession of drugs with a specification for the forfeiture of money in a drug case, aggravated possession of drugs with a specification for the forfeiture of money in a drug case, trafficking in heroin, aggravated trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence, having a weapon under disability and carrying a concealed weapon.
The counts range from second- to fifth-degree felonies.