A Hutchinson man who said he fled a traffic stop because he didn’t have a license now potentially faces multiple felony counts.

According to an affidavit read by Magistrate Judge Cheryl Allen during first appearances Monday, a South Hutchinson Police Officer pulled Ronald Smith, 51, over about 4 p.m. Saturday for failing to stop at the stop sign at Fourth and Poplar.

Smith pulled over, but then as the officer started to exit his vehicle, Smith drove off.

The officer pursued the fleeing vehicle across the Frank Hart bridge into Hutchinson and noted the car was driving in the wrong lane of traffic on Main. As the car attempted to turn off Main Street onto Carpenter, it took out a mailbox.

The officer recorded the car then running a stop sign at Avenue F and Maple before cutting across a yard on Maple into the alley. The pursuit continued onto Avenue C and then onto Elm, where it ended when the car ran into another yard.

At that point, Smith surrendered and advised the officer to go ahead and take him back to prison for a parole violation.

The officer recovered a wallet on the ground near the vehicle which contained a baggy with suspected methamphetamine and a straw.

Smith was booked on suspicion of felony flee and elude, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, no proof of insurance and failing to give information at an unattended property accident.

Smith was also arrested on warrants for three outstanding vehicle burglaries and one non-residential burglary, though details on those charges were not immediately available.