NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Norwich man was arrested after police say he tried to flee from officers and was found to have more than two dozen packets of crack cocaine on him.
Police said they had been conducting surveillance on a vehicle occupied by the suspect, known to them at a fast food establishment on Colman St.
Around 10 p.m., officers spotted the suspect, 41-year-old Gentry Abson, in the same vehicle, in the area of Hodges St., at which time the car parked in the street alongside 27 Adelaide St.
Then when officers approached the parked vehicle occupied by Abson and a female passenger, Abson put the car into reverse and attempted to flee, according to police.
The female passenger attempted to exit the car when it started to move and was pulled from the vehicle to safety by officers, police said. An officer was then able to enter the car through the open passenger door.
Police said while the officer was trying to get the car to stop, the vehicle went down a small embankment and came to rest against the front steps of 27 Adelaide St., causing minor damage to the car and a front stairway support to the home.
The officer and the female passenger both received minor injuries.
Abson was not injured.
Police seized 27 packets of crack cocaine and $778 from inside the vehicle and in Abson's possession.
Abson, of 298 Hamilton Ave., Norwich, was charged with illegal possession of narcotics, illegal possession of narcotics with intent to sell, interfering with an officer, 3rd-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of 1st-degree reckless endangerment.
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