Car and foot chases end in two drug arrests

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 4:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia police made two arrests Wednesday afternoon after chasing the suspects by car and then on foot.

After two plain-clothes officers spotted the two men acting suspiciously in a parked vehicle near Benton Street and Garth Avenue, the suspects attempted to evade the officers in their car. The subjects abandoned the car in the 700 block of Ridgeway Avenue and began to run, Sgt. Joe Bernhard said.

After pursuing and stopping the suspects, police arrested Rockus D. Roland, 23, in the 800 block of Again Street. Denzell L. Smith, 22, was arrested in the area of Donnelly Avenue and Clayton Street, Bernhard said.

Roland was arrested on suspicion of felony distribution of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, second-degree property damage, misdemeanor resisting arrest and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of felony distribution of a controlled substance, felony resisting arrest and third degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

They were being held in Boone County Jail on Thursday morning with final bond yet to be set.

Roland pleaded guilty to charges for possession of marijuana in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and plead guilty to distribution of a controlled substance in September 2009, according to court records. 

Smith pleaded guilty to charges for second degree robbery in May 2009, according to court records.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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