On Thursday, July 24, while on patrol, Patrolman Joshua McClard of the Lafayette Police Department, observed a male driving a motor vehicle that fit the description of a vehicle that had been involved in a felony case.
According to the Arresting Affidavit, Ptlm McClard stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, John Pursley. While retrieving a knife from the driver, a hypodermic needle was found in his pants pocket. When Mr. Pursley driver’s license was run through dispatch it was discovered that it was suspended. A vehicle search was then conducted and a second hypodermic needle was found in the car and an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Pursley was then placed under arrest and transported to the Macon County Justice Center.
While at the Justice Center it was discovered that the vehicle that Mr. Pursley was driving and Pursley himself, did match the description of the male and the vehicle that was involved in the felony theft of property case that happened at a Real Deal Auto recently.
Surveillance video appears to show Pursley driving onto the car lot in the same vehicle, wearing a uniform and hat on the night of July 17th. That night, four tires were stolen off of a Chevrolet HHR at Real Deal Auto, and damage was done to the vehicle after the tires were removed. Two other used tires were also taken.
John Gregory Pursley Jr, age 32, of 306 Ferguson Hill Rd, Lafayette, was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, alcoh:violation of open container, two counts of theft of property, and vandalism. Court date is set for 9/17. Bond was set at $17,500.