Man ditches vehicle in attempt to evade authorities; leaves Hi-Point and meth behind

41-year-old Courtney Effinger was charged with evasion, leaving the scene, paraphernalia, felon possessing a handgun, driving without a license, registration, and insurance after hopping fences during evasion, leaving drugs and gun behind.

On September 4th, Memphis Police Officer Murden was called to 66 Alicia Drive in response to a weapon law violation. While en route, Murden saw a Buick Lucerne with expired Tennessee temporary tags pull into the driveway of the aforementioned address. Before he turned on his emergency equipment, he observed a black male, Courtney Effinger, leap from the driver’s side of the vehicle and jump a fence into the back yards of the homes. The Buick rolled into the squad car. At this point, Murden put out Effinger’s description to other officers.

Courtney Effinger (SCSO)
Courtney Effinger (SCSO)

Tillman Task Officers Holmes and Cathey found Effinger running on train tracks south of the homes and brought him back to the scene. Murden could see in plain view a semiautomatic pistol, Hi-point .45 ACP, and a clear plastic bag of methamphetamine which weighed 16.9 grams. During the encounter, Courtney used the last name, “Smith,” but it was later discovered that his last name was “Effinger.”

Courtney Effinger was arrested and charged with evading arrest, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm, possession of meth with intent to sell, failure to exercise due care, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, drug paraphernalia, and lack of registration. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $60,000 bond.

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