Arrest nets 'cop killer' bullet By PAULETTE PERHACH | More by this reporter | [email protected] | Posted: Monday, March 12, 2007 ; Updated: 5:54 AM on Monday, March 12, 2007 A St. Augustine man was arrested Sunday after attempting to load a gun with a "cop killer" bullet after being pulled over, according to the St. Augustine Police Department. While on patrol early Sunday morning, Officer Eric Stevens saw a Mazda speeding and swerving on S.R. 16. The vehicle then turned south on U.S. 1 and sped up. Stevens turned on his overhead emergency lights, at which point the car spun a U-turn. He turned on his siren and pursued. The car did a U-turn again, but eventually pulled off on the shoulder, according to the report. Stevens approached the car and ordered the driver to show him his hands. The driver refused to show his right hand. The officer then drew his firearm, the report said, then saw that the driver had a semi-automatic handgun. He ordered the man to drop the weapon. AD MATCH The driver then tried to load a magazine in the gun, according to the officer's statement. As the man was trying to load the gun, Stevens opened the car door and pulled him out and onto the ground. He handcuffed the suspect and put him in the back of the patrol car. A search of the vehicle turned up a Glock 10 mm and two magazines. A magazine found in the glove compartment contained hollow-point rounds. The magazine found with the gun contained bullets known as "cop killers," which are Teflon-coated bullets that earned their name because of their ability to penetrate body armor. Another officer, Cpl. Jason Etheredge, arrived on the scene. He opened the back door of the patrol car to interview the suspect. At that time, he found the suspect out of his handcuffs and reaching for his boot, according to the report. Etheridge drew his gun and ordered the suspect to show him his hands and step away from out of the vehicle. As the man stepped out, Stevens took him to the ground, causing the suspect to strike his face on the concrete, cutting the area above his left eye. The officers called for rescue vehicles. They arrived and transported the suspect to be treated. In his report, Stevens wrote: "At the time of my stop, when I observed the handgun, I was in fear of my life. ... I believe the defendant had the ability to use his weapon on me." James Smith, 41, of St. Augustine, was charged with driving while his license is suspended or revoked, fleeing or attempting to flee from an officer and aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer. Police records show that he has had a total of nine suspensions on his driver's license. He was taken to St. Johns County Jail.