MT. VERNON – A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon man was charged Friday in Jefferson County Circuit Court with being an armed habitual criminal.
William Johnson was arrested Thursday by the Mt. Vernon Police being a felon in possession of a weapon & resisting/obstructing an officer.
According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, Johnson was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped just before 2 a.m. Thursday near 10th and Lamar.
During the stop, Johnson reportedly fled on foot from the vehicle but was apprehended after a brief pursuit with officers.
Page said when officers searched Johnson, he was found to be in possession of a firearm.
Johnson was then charged Friday with Class X felony being an armed habitual criminal a charge punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison if convicted.
An arraignment in the case is scheduled for February 17.