BILOXI -- A man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop Monday.
Biloxi police officers booked James Michael Magnusen Jr., 30, of Biloxi, on charges of assault on a police officer, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
The arrest stems from a traffic stop conducted near Southern Avenue and Althea Street. The officer asked Magnusen to exit the vehicle after seeing weapons inside the vehicle and within his reach, Investigator Nick Sonnier said in a press release.
While being patted down for weapons, Magnusen assaulted the officer in an attempt to flee, Sonnier said. A struggle ensued, but the officer was able to maintain control of Magnusen, preventing him from fleeing until backup arrived. After more officers arrived, Magnusen was placed in handcuffs without further incident, Sonnier said.
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The officers found Magnusen in possession of methamphetamine and a "dirk" knife, a type of long dagger, which is unlawful for convicted felons to possess, Sonnier said.
Magnusen and the officer were transported to Merit Health of Biloxi, where they were treated and released for minor injuries suffered during the struggle.
Magnusen was later booked into the Harrison County jail where he is held in lieu of $150,000 bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.