Laclede County man in custody after drug arrest in Lebanon

An investigation by Lebanon Police has led to charges of drug crimes against a Laclede County man. A Lebanon Police Officer was patrolling and noticed the driver of a pickup was someone with outstanding warrants and that he had a suspended drivers license. He pulled over the vehicle and the driver, Austin Wade James Simmons, jumped out and began running, and the officer followed. When Simmons tripped on a pothole, the officer was able to take him into custody. During the fall Simmons reportedly dropped items which the officer retrieved. Simmons was allegedly in possession of glass pipes that tested positive for methamphetamine residue, plastic bags with a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, individual empty plastic baggies, electric scales which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Simmons is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest and is being held without bond.