Man arrested after encounter with police in Tops parking lot

A Warren man is behind bars after a traffic stop turned up methamphetamine and resulted in a scuffle with police.

Jason L. Nichols, 37, 13 Swiss St., was charged by City of Warren police on Friday after the incident which occurred at the Tops parking lot in Warren on Friday at about 7:45 p.m.

Online court records indicate that charges include two counts of aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver, resisting arrest, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while operating privilege suspended/revoked, driving an unregistered vehicle and make repairs/sell/etc. offensive weapons.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban for a registration violation and make contact with the driver, Nichols.

“During the course of the traffic stop,” police allege, Nichols “was asked to step out of the vehicle. At which time, while speaking with (police)… a plastic baggie was observed in plain view hanging out of the pocket of” Nichols.”

Police then “attempted to place” Nichols “in handcuffs” at which point he “resisted the lawful arrest by officers… (and) continue to resist and fight with officers, but was eventually placed into handcuffs by the officers. Officers received minor injuries while executing the lawful arrest.”

The criminal complaint details that Nichols “did have a large knife in his front belt that he attempted to have his hands on to possibly remove it. During the course of the assault, officers sustained scrapes on their legs, arms and hands.”

Police further allege that Nichols “was found to be in possession of 13 grams of presumptive positive crystal methamphetamine, cash ($176) and a prohibited switch-bladed knife.”

Police indicate that Nichols was “transporting three children in his vehicle during the course of the incident” and 911 staff informed police that Nichols’ license was suspended or revoked.”

Online court records indicate he was arraigned Saturday morning by District Justice Raymond Zydonik and remanded to the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post $75,000 bail.

Nichols was arrested less than two weeks ago and pled guilty to a charge of furnishing drug-free urine.

Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies report that Nichols entered the courthouse at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 2.

“After Nichols failed the single-point-of-entry metal detector, deputies discovered a plastic bottle wrapped around Nichols’ torso which contained urine and a hose,” according to deputies.