MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A state senator's son is in jail on drug charges after fleeing a traffic stop in Mobile.
Akil Figures, 23, is the oldest son of state Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, and the late Michael Figures, former president pro tem of the Alabama Senate. Akil Figures is being held at Mobile County Metro Jail on $7,500 bond, according to the jail log. He has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, plus two counts of violating his probation.
"I am a mother in pain with a son in trouble like so many others. At this time, I just ask for everyone's prayers," Sen. Figures said Wednesday evening.
Akil Figures was already on probation stemming from May 2002 drug charges.
Officer Eric Gallichant of the Mobile Police Department said officers tried to pull him over on a routine traffic stop in the Toulminville area Monday when he refused to stop the vehicle and sped up.
Gallichant said Akil Figures eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot until police caught up with him. Officers reporting finding several types of drugs in his possession. Gallichant said they appeared to be marijuana, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine and ecstasy pills.