Tempe Police: Man has 10 bags of cocaine, vomits during arrest

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Friday:

  • Tempe Police arrested a 26-year-old Laveen man March 18 at University and Priest Drives on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and vehicle registration, violating the restrictions on his license, resisting arrest and dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia possession, according to a police report.

    The man was originally pulled over for speeding and making an illegal right turn, the report said.

    When the officer approached the car, he could smell alcohol, according to the report.



    Police asked the man to step out of the car and immediately noticed the man could not stand up without swaying, according to the report.

    The man did poorly on three sobriety tests. He then refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, the report said.

    The officer reached for the man to place him in handcuffs, at which point the man turned and fled on foot, police said.

    The assisting officer noticed the man throw something out of his pocket as he was running, according to the report.

    The man was then cornered behind a parked car and got on the ground as instructed but resisted putting his hands behind his head, which the officer had to do, police said.

    The man then began vomiting, according to the report.

    The officer went to retrieve the item which had been thrown on the ground during the chase and discovered it contained 10 baggies of cocaine and various other bags containing pills, the report said.

    The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and released pending charges, said the report.

  • Tempe Police arrested a 62-year-old Tempe man March 17 on East Apache Boulevard on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice, resisting arrest and dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia possession and use, according to a police report.

    Police originally observed the man riding his bike eastbound on Apache Boulevard with no bike light, according to the report.

    Upon contacting him, the man became verbally aggressive, stating that police are always bothering him and that he doesn’t have time for this “bulls--t," the report said.

    The officer did a records check on the man and discovered that he had a warrant from Tempe out for his arrest, according to the report.

    When the officer tried to put the man in handcuffs, the man pulled away violently and yelled that he did not have a warrant, police said.

    The officer told the man to stop resisting and that he was under arrest, but the man jumped off his bike and continued yelling, according to the report.

    The officer then escorted the man to the ground and placed him in handcuffs, the report said.

    Upon searching his person, the officer discovered a small glass pipe usually used for methamphetamine and a usable quantity of methamphetamine, according to the report.

    The man was transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.

Reports compiled by David Hignutt

Contact the reporter at dhignutt@asu.edu or follow him on twitter @davidhignutt

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