WILKES-BARRE — What began as a traffic stop for impeding traffic turned into a scuffle with police, a handcuffed man attempting to escape and the discovery of heroin and marijuana, according to charges filed.
Christian Carballo-Rodriguez, 29, and Benita Placencio, 39, both of Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre, were arrested when police encountered a vehicle parked in the intersection of Prospect and Grove streets at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Carballo-Rodriguez and Placencio fought with officers during their arrests, police said. Police said they found a bag of marijuana in the rectum area of Carballo-Rodriguez and heroin in his pockets.
He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, escape, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, hindering apprehension and false identification to law enforcement.
Placencio was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, obstructing justice and hindering apprehension.
The pair were arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 and $25,000 bail, respectively.
According to the criminal complaints:
Police approached the intersection and spotted a vehicle parked in the middle of the road impeding traffic.
Placencio was in the driver’s seat and was told by an officer to move the vehicle. She turned her head away from the officer and moved into the passenger seat when Carballo-Rodriguez approached the vehicle screaming.
Police said Carballo-Rodriguez identified himself with several false names.
During a pat-down search police said they allegedly found a marijuana cigarette in his sock. When the cigarette was placed on the hood of his vehicle, Carballo-Rodriguez tried to swallow it, initiating a struggle, the complaints say.
Placencio allegedly punched one of the officers in the face.
An officer was able to handcuff Carballo-Rodriguez after he was stunned by a Taser several times.
A handcuffed Carballo-Rodriguez ran away when the officer assisted the other officer fighting with Placencio. He was found hiding on a second-floor porch of a residence in the 100 block of Prospect Street, according to the complaints.
Police said they recovered a bag of marijuana hanging from Carballo-Rodriguez’s rectum and a large amount of heroin in his pockets.
The two officers sustained bruises during the fight.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on May 20 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.