Man faces drug, fleeing charges

August 23, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man accused of carrying more than $5,000 worth of illegal drugs attempted to flee officers by running past them while handcuffed Thursday morning, Chambersburg Police said.

At 1 a.m. police stopped a green Ford Escort that matched the description of a car and driver police in Carlisle, Pa., wanted on simple assault charges.

Police handcuffed the driver, Thomas D. Lawson, 30, of no fixed address, and while they were searching him he attempted to escape by running past officers west on West Washington Street, police alleged.

Officers grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground, police said.

Police alleged they found a plastic bag with 27 grams of suspected crack cocaine with a street value of $5,500.

Officers also recovered a film canister with crack cocaine, a plastic bag of marijuana, a plastic bag with white powder residue and rolling papers, police alleged.


Lawson was charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, simple possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, escape, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and criminal mischief, police said.

He was arraigned by District Justice Gary Carter and placed in the Franklin County Prison. Information on his bond was not available Thursday night.

An officer was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for scrapes to his arm and hands sustained during the scuffle, police said.

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