Knight Jessie JRReports from citizens of a suspicious vehicle led to a Benton man being arrested on multiple charges early Monday. At approximately 3:17 a.m. officers responded to 1317 Central Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle driving behind a vacant house.

Upon arrival officers located the described vehicle and a man, later identified as 33-year-old Jessie Lee Knight Jr. peering around the corner. Knight was reportedly holding two opened knives and dropped them when ordered by officers. During a search of Knight, officers located a glass pipe and a baggie of suspected methamphetamine.

After a short pursuit, Knight reportedly scuffled with officers and an officers received a minor injury. Knight was taken to the Saline County Detention Center and faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd degree Battery, Fleeing on Foot, and Resisting Arrest.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Individuals also may send us anonymous information to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to to leave a tip. A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play.

Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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