Hazleton police: Man fled traffic stop, dumped drugs

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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HAZLETON — A Philadelphia man is facing a variety of charges after he abandoned his vehicle and led city police on a foot chase Sunday afternoon, according to a report.

Police also say that Dustin Hill, 31, discarded drugs while trying to run from officers after his car was stopped.

According to a press release issued by Hazleton City Chief of Police Jerry Speziale:

An officer attempted to stop a Jeep in the area of Peace and 5th streets at approximately 3 p.m.

When the vehicle stopped, a male identified as Hill, exited and began to run on foot while carrying a backpack.

The officer gave chase on foot while calling for backup.

During the chase, Hill discarded a bag containing 150 bags of suspected heroin before he was apprehended and placed into custody on 5th and Grant, the release says.

Hill was discovered to be a fugitive from justice and wanted by the Butler Township Police Department for fleeing and eluding Pottsville Adult Probation and Pennsylvania State Parole.

Hill will be charged with being a fugitive from justice, possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute and resisting arrest.

He may also face additional charges as an investigation continues because three officers sustained injuries during the incident.

Hill was processed at police headquarters and sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lodging until his arraignment Monday.

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By Dan Stokes

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Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

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