The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has charged two Winona residents with drug-related offenses.

Wontez Roshaun Hugger, 26, was arrested Friday and charged Saturday with possession of a controlled substance, driving with  a suspended license, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing, disorderly conduct, expired tag, and possession of marijuana, Sheriff Clint Walker said.

Willie Ray Jennings, 46, was arrested Thursday and charged Saturday with possession of methamphetamine.

Wontez Roshaun Hugger


Hugger was stopped by Carroll County deputies during a traffic stop along I-55 near Duck Hill. When a deputy tried to remove the keys from Hugger’s vehicle’s ignition, Hugger rolled up his  window to pin the deputy’s arm and started to drive off, briefly dragging the deputy with him, Walker said. “Thank the Lord he wasn’t dragged under the vehicle,” Walker said of the deputy, who was not injured.

Other deputies pursued Hugger at a high speed chase into Montgomery County. Eventually, Hugger drove his vehicle into the woods on Sawyer Road and began running from the deputies, Walker said.

Following a foot chase and altercation, in which two deputies received lacerations when encountering a barbed-wire fence, the deputies were able to subdue Hugger with a stun gun, the sheriff said.

Hugger was then transported to Carroll County Jail. His bond is set at $100,000.

Walker said Jennings, who was arrested following a traffic stop in North Carrollton, had  about a gram of meth. He was also transported to Carroll County Jail. His bond was set at $5,000. Both men were still behind bars Monday afternoon, Walker said.

Willie Ray Jennings


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