Police: man who tried to flee police had crack cocaine in car

By WKTV News

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - After a short struggle and foot pursuit with police, a Utica man was taken into custody on numerous charges that all started as a traffic stop.

According to the Village of Vernon Police Department, on Tuesday, June 26, officers arrested Ferris L. Bell, 25, of Utica and charged him with failing to obey a no parking sign, leaving a motor vehicle unattended, unlicensed operator, aggravated unlicensed operator in the second-degree, resisting arrest and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police say Bell was approached by officers after it was discovered that his vehicle was parked illegally on Route 31 near the intersection of Route 5. After speaking with Bell, the officer requested that he step from the vehicle. Police say that upon doing so, Bell attempted to run from the officer, who had placed him under arrest for vehicle and traffic offenses. After a short struggle, Bell slipped out of his shirt and ran away from the officer and after a short foot pursuit, Bell was taken into custody and placed under arrest, police said.

After a search of Bell's vehicle, police said a quantity of crack cocaine was discovered in the vehicle.

Bell was arraigned in the Village of Vernon Court and remanded to the custody of the Oneida County Sheriff without bail, pending further court proceedings.

The Village of Vernon Police were assisted by the Sherrill Police Department, The Oneida County Sheriff's Department, the New York State Police and the Rome Police Department's canine unit.

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