NEW CASTLE —
A New Castle man was arrested on drug and traffic charges after his car nearly struck a police cruiser.
Daresse Marquin Henderson, 24, of 1512 S. Jefferson St., has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, driving under suspension, driving in the wrong lane, careless driving and open container violation.
A New Castle police officer reported that on Oct. 25, Henderson’s 1988 Monte Carlo almost struck his patrol vehicle near the intersection of East Washington and North Jefferson streets. The officer said he nearly struck a utility pole while swerving to avoid Henderson. A search of Henderson’s car with the department’s canine indicated the presence of marijuana, police said.
A search warrant was obtained and police reported they found a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana in the center console and an open bottle of Hennessy cognac in the car.
Henderson was released on his own recognizance and will have a preliminary hearing Dec. 5.