Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A local man was chased down by authorities after allegedly fleeing a home with a baggie of possible methamphetamine Tuesday.

The Sheriff's Office was dispatched for a child welfare check at 774 Murphy Ave. after it was reported there was drug activity occurring around 3 p.m., sheriff's Commander Bill Steven said.

A deputy was greeted by resident Theresa Gokey, 41, who invited the deputy to look around the house, Steven said.

The deputy was eventually led to a bedroom, where he encountered Leon L. Tuttle, 49, lying on the bed, Steven said.

Just as the deputy spotted two baggies

possibly containing meth lying ona nightstand near the bed, Tuttle grabbed them, pushed the deputy and ran out of the house, Steven said.

Tuttle was running down the street wearing only pajama pants as he ripped the baggies open, leaving white powder trails through the air, Steven said.

Tuttle reached Glenn Street, went south toward Childs Avenue, then east toward Fresno Street and was heading back toward Murphy when he stopped, Steven said.

The deputy held Tuttle at gunpoint, but he became aggressive once another officer arrived to help handcuff him, Steven said.

When authorities went back to the home, they found a hypodermic syringe loaded with brown liquid suspected of being meth underneath a pillow on the bed where Tuttle had been, Steven said.

A small amount of marijuana and a meth pipe were also located, Steven said.

Tuttle was arrested on suspicion of resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer, destroying and concealing evidence, possession of a controlled substance, transporting and selling a controlled substance and willful cruelty to a child.

Gokey was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation and child endangerment.

Tuttle was also arrested last February after allegedly attempting to elude authorities, leading them on a pursuit into the Bertsch Tract before being apprehended.

That case, in which he is facing charges of possession of marijuana for sale and resisting arrest with special allegations for seven prior convictions, has been set for a hearing Jan. 9.

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