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March 11, 2014

Flight from police yields suspected cocaine

NEW CASTLE — A Youngstown man who police said fled from them Monday morning remains in the Lawrence County jail.

New Castle police said Jamal I. Turner, 21, of 56 Garfield St., was arraigned before District Judge Melissa Amodie on charges of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance, flight to avoid apprehension, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

He was jailed on $25,000 bond.

A police officer said a silver, older-model Lincoln turned in front of him onto Falls Street about 11 a.m. Because the driver had not activated a turn signal, the officer said, he requested information on the license plate and was informed it is registered to a 2013 Cadillac.

The officer said the car, which contained three occupants, pulled into the AAA parking lot on North Street at East Street. The front seat passenger got out, police said, and the driver — later identified as Turner — got out and ran toward Neshannock Creek. The officer said he ran after the driver, ordering him to stop. However, police said, Turner ran to the creek then ran parallel to it, tossing an object toward the water. Police said the item was thrown directly across from the entrance to the Infocision building.

Officers said Turner then ran toward Neshannock Village and tried to climb a steep hill at the corner of North Street and Neshannock Avenue.

By this time, several other officers had arrived and commanded Turner to stop. Police said Turner lay flat on his stomach, with his hands under him. He was taken into custody.

Police and canine officer Aldo searched the area along the creek. The dog located a black glasses case that contained a scale and several clothes pins and a leopard print cloth glasses case that contained a white object in a clear plastic bag, which police suspect is crack cocaine.

Police said both items were located in disturbed dirt where Turner had been taken into custody. Officers said they believe whatever was thrown toward the creek went into the water.

At the police station, officers said, the white object was field tested and is believed to be cocaine. The scale also contains suspected cocaine residue, police said. Both items will be tested at the police crime lab in Greensburg.

Police also took the car into custody.

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