Police: Utica man tries to swallow bag of crack cocaine during traffic stop, pursuit

Reggie Sullivan | Utica Police
Reggie Sullivan | Utica Police

A Utica man was arrested after allegedly running from police officers during a traffic stop, throwing a gun over a fence, and trying to swallow a bag of crack cocaine.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 12:04 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 5:15 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man was arrested after allegedly running from police officers during a traffic stop, throwing a gun over a fence, and trying to swallow a bag of crack cocaine.

According to Utica police, members of the department’s tactical unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Hobart and Steuben streets at about 12:35 a.m. on Sept. 3.

Police said the driver failed to stop and continued several blocks until reaching the 1300 block of Steuben Street, where the male passenger allegedly jumped from the vehicle while it was still in motion. Police said the passenger then began to run from officers through neighborhood backyards.

During the pursuit, the suspect allegedly discarded an item over a fence, and officers captured him a short distance away.

While arresting the suspect, police said, he tried to swallow a bag of crack cocaine. Officers also found a loaded .40-caliber handgun near the area of the fence where the suspect ran.

The suspect was identified as Reggie Sullivan, 37, of Utica. He was charged with second- and third-degree felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, a felony count of criminal possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and various vehicle and traffic violations.

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