A Rhode Island man is facing a number of charges after a brief motor vehicle pursuit Saturday in Ashby, Massachusetts, where police allegedly seized cocaine from the vehicle.
Police said an officer stopped a sport utility vehicle for speeding on West State Road at about 4:30 p.m.
When the officer approaced the SUV, the driver sped off and the officer returned to his cruiser to initiate a pursuit.
Police said the SUV proceeded down West State Road, passing multiple vehicles and driving in the breakdown lane. The vehicle then abruptly stopped and the driver exited the vehicle.
Police said the officer drew his firearm and ordered the driver to raise his hands.
The driver, identified as Dislyn Roa-De La Rosa, 23, of Providence, Rhode Island, did not comply with the orders and told the officer he did not understand English.
The officer was able to place Roa-De La Rosa into custody without further incident. He was charged with trafficking cocaine, failure to stop for police, passing in a no passing zone, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and speeding.
During a search of Roa-De La Rosa's SUV, police said they found nearly $1,800 in cash in the vehicle. Police said several bags of a white power, later identified as cocaine, were found in a culvert up the road. Police allege the bags were thrown from the SUV by Roa-De La Rosa during the pursuit.
Roa-De La Rosa was ordered held on $15,040 cash bail pending his arraignment Monday in Ayer District Court.