Po­lice: Man hid, tossed drugs

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - BY PRESS STAFF

MIDDLETOWN — A man ar­rested Mon­day is ac­cused of hid­ing crack co­caine and then dis­card­ing it while en­gag­ing po­lice in a pur­suit, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice press re­lease.

Po­lice al­legedly ob­served Jer­maine Hayes, 37, of Gar­den Street, Hart­ford, travel through a red traf­fic light at an in­ter­sec­tion with­out stop­ping or sig­nal­ing, and his ve­hi­cle’s win­dows were tinted. There­fore, of­fi­cers ini­ti­ated a mo­tor ve­hi­cle stop for the al­leged traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, the re­lease said.

As Hayes and an of­fi­cer were talk­ing, the of­fi­cer re­port­edly asked Hayes what he had in his left hand, which the of­fi­cer ob­served was con­cealed un­der his left leg, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The of­fi­cer then asked Hayes to exit the ve­hi­cle, but he al­legedly re­fused, in­stead re­port­edly speed­ing away, en­gag­ing po­lice in a pur­suit.

Sev­eral min­utes later, Hayes was once again pulled over and sub­se­quently de­tained. Po­lice then con­ducted a search of the ve­hi­cle and al­legedly found two knives. When asked why he took off, Hayes claimed to be afraid of the po­lice and de­nied con­ceal­ing any­thing in his left hand.

How­ever, po­lice be­lieve he dis­carded the al­leged con­tra­band while flee­ing from the ini­tial mo­tor ve­hi­cle stop. How­ever, they failed to discover any dis­carded weapons or con­tra­band when they can­vassed the area.

Hayes was then taken to the po­lice sta­tion and a strip search did not re­veal any re­sults.

Hayes was sub­se­quently charged with fail­ure to sig­nal, il­le­gal tint, en­gag­ing in a po­lice pur­suit, reck­less driv­ing, in­ter­fer­ing with an of­fi­cer and hav­ing weapons in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The fol­low­ing day, of­fi­cers again at­tempted to look for the dis­carded con­tra­band and re­port­edly found a bag of 7.25 grams of crack co­caine un­der a ve­hi­cle. Hayes was then ad­di­tion­ally charged with pos­ses­sion of nar­cotics, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sell and tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence.

He was held in lieu of $350,000 bond and is­sued a court date of Oct. 10.

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