Atwater man arrested after officer witnesses drug sale, police say

An Atwater man was jailed earlier this week after a police officer reported seeing him sell a bag of suspected methamphetamine.

William Archer, 48, was arrested after a foot chase by Atwater police Officer David Walker, who said he witnessed Archer selling drugs in the area of Packers Street and Cedar Avenue, Lt. Samuel Joseph told the Merced Sun-Star.

Archer “is well known to police for the sales of narcotics, theft and domestic violence,” Joseph said.

After witnessing the alleged transaction, Walker attempted to contact Archer, who ran away and scaled a backyard fence in the 700 block of Cedar Avenue. During the chase, police said, Archer tried to toss away three sandwich bags filled with suspected methamphetamine.

Archer, apparently believing he had escaped from the officer, walked around the front of the home, where Walker was waiting for him, police said. Joseph said Archer fought the officer and was subdued with a police stun gun.

Nero, a police dog, returned to the scene of the chase later and located three plastic bags containing a total of 6 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the backyard of the home on Cedar Avenue. Police said the suspected drugs belonged to Archer.

Joseph praised the dog’s ability to find the suspected narcotics, which he said was key to the case.

Archer was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility without bail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale, a felony; resisting arrest, a misdemeanor; and a probation violation, according to booking records.