Motel arrest

Rasual Nelson

Rasual Nelson, 28-year-old Waverly resident, was arrested at Oak Plaza Inn last Wednesday afternoon on several drug-related charges.

Nelson’s arrest is most likely connected to an officer involved shooting that occurred moments earlier in the Comfort Inn parking lot. The suspect in that instance fled to Oak Plaza.

Video footage taken from a business across the street shows officers surrounding a hotel room where Nelson soon exits with his hands raised as one officer instructs him over a loud speaker to come out of the room with his hands up.

Tyler Scales, reportedly shot while attempting to flee from an officer at Comfort Inn just down the street, was also arrested from that motel room at the Oak Plaza Inn and taken by ambulance to Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross. Scales was later transported to a Jacksonville hospital (see related story).

Approximately 20 minutes passed from the time shots were fired at Comfort Inn until Nelson and Scales were apprehended at Oak Plaza Inn.

Nelson is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule IV drug, possession of Schedule II drug, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

A large amount of marijuana and some cash were taken into evidence, says Sheriff Ramsey Bennett.

 “Any amount of an illegal substance is substantial ... there was a very substantial amount of weight of marijuana there,” Bennett says.