PANAMA CITY — A man who a good Samaritan helped take into custody has been found guilty of narcotics-related charges after a one-day trial, according to official reports.

Billy Dean Lay, 50, was found guilty Wednesday of methamphetamine and paraphernalia possession and resisting arrest without violence.

During the one-day trial, the state presented evidence showing that on June 11, 2017, Bay County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alex Young was investigating a burglary in the area of Grand Lagoon Shores Drive and North Lagoon Drive. When he observed Lay in the area, Young tried to make contact with him and a co-defendant, who ran in opposite directions.

Young chased Lay and found him hiding in a bush, surrounded by the discarded methamphetamine and the paraphernalia. Lay eventually was arrested after fleeing a second time.

A good Samaritan stopped to assist Young, and they were able to get Lay under control and arrested him.