From: Hannibal Police Department

Date: May 4, 2011

Phone: 573-221-0987

Fax: 573-221-3966

Contact: Lt. John Zerbonia

On Tuesday morning an Officer of the Hannibal Police Department was conducting speed enforcement in the 2600 block of Chestnut, when he stopped a vehicle for excessive speed. When the officer approached the suspects vehicle, the driver got out and attempted to avoid the officer by walking around the car, while trying to conceal an object in his waistband. When the officer attempted to detain the subject, he hit the officer in the chest and fled on foot. After a short pursuit, the subject was subdued and placed in handcuffs. It was discovered that, while fleeing, the subject had discarded a plastic baggie containing what is believed to be Heroin. The subject, 35 year old William A. Cotton of Hannibal was charged with Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding and No Proof of Insurance. He was released to the Marion County Jail on a 24 hour hold pending warrants.