Man charged with assaulting Jackson officer during traffic stop
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JACKSON, Tenn. — A man is charged with assaulting a police officer and trying to run during a traffic stop. An officer with the Jackson Police Department performed a traffic stop on Mitchell Orlando Ridley just before 5 p.m. Monday on North Fairgrounds Street for not wearing a seat belt, according to an affidavit. Ridley told the officer he was on parole, and police performed a search of the vehicle due to the conditions of the parole, the document states. During the search, police say a plastic bag containing .8 grams of crack fell to the ground. When officers tried to handcuff Ridley, he fought, pushed the officer away and fled on foot before being caught in a backyard on Burkett Street and taken into custody, according to the affidavit. Ridley is charged with simple assault on a police officer, evading arrest, resisting arrest and felony possession of schedule II. The judge set his bond at $30,000.