Broken Taillight Turns Into Arrest For Clayton Police

A traffic stop for a broken taillight ended in a short police chase and Clayton officers arresting a 41-year-old man on drunk driving, drug possession and multiple other charges.

Nathan Bernard Richburg of Randolph Drive in Clayton is being held on a $50,000 secured bond, charged with Driving While Impaired, Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Driving Without a License Revoked, and Possession of Marijuana.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, a Clayton Police officer spotted a white BMW on Smith Street in Downtown Clayton headed toward US 70. The officer pulled the car over and recognized the driver as a resident who did not have a valid driver’s license. Upon talking to the driver, the officer reported smelling strong odors of marijuana and alcohol. The driver allegedly began getting agitated and insisted on getting out of the car to fix the taillight. The officer called for the department’s K9 unit and requested that driver and female exit the vehicle. As the K9 unit pulled up, the driver suddenly moved toward the driver’s side door, disobeyed the officer’s repeated commands to step back from the car, and drove off at a high rate of speed.

The officer pursued the driver who drove down Smith Street and onto US 70 and, within minutes, slowed pulled over on the shoulder and got out of his car. The driver obeyed the officers commands to lay on the ground. When the K9 unit arrived, the suspect got up and put his hands on the hood of the patrol car to be handcuffed. The vehicle was seized under the “Run and You’re Done” law in which vehicles can be seized after the commission of felony speeding to elude. The K9 unit allegedly located 5.7 grams of marijuana under the driver’s side floor mat.