A fireworks complaint led to the arrest of a Burlington man Thursday night on a variety of charges including possession of methamphetamine.
Ricky Cratton, 51, 208 S. Leebrick St., is being held in the Des Moines County jail in lieu of a $43,000 cash or surety bond on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, driving while barred, a parole violation, having no drug tax stamp and interference with official acts.
According to a complaint unsealed Friday morning in Des Moines County District Court, Cratton was arrested after police responded to a fireworks complaint about 9:45 p.m. in the area of Gnhan and Corse streets.
"Officers went to the Quik Stop at 1812 Osborn St. to speak with individuals possibly involved in the fireworks," court record state. "While there, officers observed Rick Cratton walking out of the store. Officers knew Cratton had two Burlington warrants out for his arrest."
When Cratton saw the officers, he fled on foot, court records state.
"Officers pursued Cratton on foot south on Osborn Street and then east toward an alley," according to court records. "Officers gave Cratton several commands to stop in which he refused all commands. Officers continued to pursue him on foot as he headed back toward the Quik Stop."
As he continued to flee, officers saw him run toward a fence, where he threw a baggie containing a white substance over the fence.
After a few minutes, officers were able to detain Cratton without the use of force. Officers found "two clear knot-tied baggies ... containing a white crystalline substance." They also recovered the baggie that was thrown over the fence.
All three baggies recovered from Cratton contained a total of 23 grams of what appeared to be methamphetamine, court records indicate. Also found in Cratton's possession was a digital scale with methamphetamine residue on it.
At that point, officers took Cratton into custody and transported him to the Des Moines County jail, where he remained overnight.
During his first court appearance Friday, District Associate Judge Clinton Boddicker appointed a state public defender to represent him. He ordered Crdatton to next appear in court at 9 a.m. Aug. 20.
If convicted of all the charges, Cratton could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.