man in handcuffs

Arnold Police arrested a 34-year-old Imperial man for alleged possession of heroin after he reportedly fled from officers. Police tracked him down Oct. 22 after he allegedly eluded police earlier in the day, Lt. Tom Leassner said.

At 3:45 p.m. that day, an officer tried to stop a Pontiac Grand Prix the man was driving after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign while turning onto Arnold Tenbrook Road. The man initially slowed down for the police vehicle, which had its lights on, but then allegedly sped away, running a stop sign at Arnold Tenbrook and Sunrise Drive. The Pontiac then turned left onto Tenbrook Road, again failing to stop at a stop sign, and traveled toward Jeffco Boulevard, the report said.

The car began passing vehicles in the wrong lane, forcing other cars off the road to avoid a collision, so police stopped the pursuit and saw the Pontiac turn right onto Jeffco Boulevard and head toward south St. Louis County, where St. Louis County Police later found the car abandoned on Baumgartner Road near Heintz Road, according to the report.

Officers went to a home in the 2300 block of Tenbrook Road, where the car’s registered owner lives, and she told police she had loaned the Pontiac to the man. She also told police that the man’s mother lives in the area and drives a maroon Buick and he might be with her, the report said.

Another officer spotted the Buick on Telegraph Road near Tenbrook Road and stopped the car on Tenbrook Industrial Court. The Imperial man was in the passenger seat and was arrested without further incident, according to the report.

The man was wet from his shoulders down, and he told the officer he crossed a creek after the car overheated and he had to walk. The officer searched the man and allegedly found him with a container that had a white capsule filled with a white powdery substance, as well as a straw that had residue on it, the report said.

The man already was wanted on warrants from Arnold Police for forgery, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for possession of drug paraphernalia and St. Louis County Police for possession of a controlled substance, according to the report.

He was taken to the Arnold Police Station, where he was booked and held for the other law enforcement agencies. Depending on drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and failure to yield, Lt. Tom Leassner said.

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