Man accused of fleeing from officers appears in court

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Jay Baskett

Jay Baskett

A man charged with resisting arrest by fleeing from Strike Force officers appeared in court Tuesday. As we reported , Jay Baskett was charged after an incident March 10.

In a court affidavit, officials said investigators tried to pull over a silver Lexus near Savannah Ave. and Middleton Street, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Authorities say they called off the pursuit when the vehicle passed two vehicles on a two-way street and nearly ran one motorist off the road.

Investigator Stephen Clark of the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force says he believes the suspect led officers on a pursuit because he had an active warrant for his arrest.

Baskett is being held in lieu of $2,500 bail on a class-e felony charge of resisting arrest by fleeing. During his first appearance Tuesday, Associate Judge Keith Marquart scheduled the case for a preliminary hearing April 21. Baskett will apply for a public defender.