Utica Police jump out of way of fleeing car
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Police say an officer had to jump out of the way of a vehicle as suspects tried to flee after they were caught allegedly using drugs in someone else's backyard. Around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Utica Police say officers were on a vehicle stop on South Street when a female approached them and said that there were people in a car in her backyard that did not belong there. Officers responded to the back of the house and located a car that they say was occupied by Zeffeire Hobbs, 22 and Brooke Smith, 28, both of Utica. Police say when questioned, the two had no explanation as to why they were on the property and when officers asked them to step out of the vehicle, the Hobbs started the car, put it into gear and sped down the driveway. According to police, one of the officers, Officer Parotta, had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the car. Police say when Hobbs realized he was blocked in at the end of the driveway, he put the car in reverse and sped toward the officers again. The officers again had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, but were able to remove him from the vehicle and take him into custody. During a search of the vehicle, the officers located a glass tube commonly known as a "stem," which is used to smoke crack cocaine. Continuing the search, officers say they also located a quantity of crack cocaine in the vehicle. Hobbs has been charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Smith has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.