Harford County sheriff's deputies arrested a Baltimore man on drug charges early Thursday morning after the suspect fled while deputies were attempting to stop him for speeding.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Reginald S. Artis, 34, of the 2500 block of Hollins Street in the Southwest Baltimore, was charged with possession of a drug other than marijuana, narcotics possession with intent to distribute and hindering a police officer, according to court records.
Around 12:48 am Thursday, a sheriff's deputy saw a 2000 silver Mercury exceeding the posted speed limit on Hanson Road in Edgewood, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
The vehicle pulled over when the deputy activated his patrol car lights; however, as the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Artis, put the vehicle in drive and drove away, according to the news release.
Deputies followed Artis and caught up to the vehicle in the 1600 block of Candlewood Court in Edgewood, the release continued. They later pursued Artis on foot and apprehended him behind a row of townhomes.
According to the sheriff's release, deputies recovered 20 individual Ziploc bags of crack cocaine, which Artis allegedly discarded while trying to flee from police. The suspected drugs has an estimated street value of $1,000, Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said.
Artis was taken into custody without incident and later posted $50,000 bond and was released from custody at the Harford County Detention Center on Thursday, according to Maryland electronic court records.
Court records show Artis has previous addresses in Edgewood.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun