Wanted man arrested on warrant, found with drugs

Thursday, September 2, 2010 | 11:47 a.m. CDT; updated 12:46 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 2, 2010
Matthew Hall

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a man with an active warrant Wednesday after a deputy saw the man getting into his car, according to a news release from the department.

The Sheriff's Department issued a warrant for the arrest of Matthew S. Hall, 30, for unlawful use of a weapon. The warrant was issued after Hall threatened a bouncer on May 27 at Jake's Bar and Grill and displayed a knife, Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said. No one was hurt, but Hall fled the scene.

Bar patrons were able to identify Hall, O'Sullivan said. It often takes a while to track down suspects because they are avoiding police contact, and, in Hall's case, there was no address, so the department had to rely on tips, he said.

The Sheriff's Department received a tip that Hall would be in the area, O'Sullivan said. A stakeout was initiated and just after midnight Hall was spotted and pulled over. Hall exited his vehicle and ran from the deputy, according to the release.

During the chase, Hall attempted to discard a package of crack cocaine, the release said.

Hall was arrested on suspicion of felony, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled susbstance with intent to distribute, according to the release.

Hall was still being held in jail Thursday.

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