Gardner police arrested a man on drug trafficking charges Saturday night, according to a news release.
Thomas M. LaFrance, 28, of Webster, faces nine different charges after a run-in with officers. He's charged with possessing 60 grams of Fentanyl. The incident started when an officer tried to pull him over for driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala with a suspended registration, according to police.
Around 7:30 p.m., a state trooper tried to pull LaFrance over, when he sped through a CVS parking lot and tried to drive away, according to the news release. Officers say that he then nearly struck a pickup truck, and got the Impala stuck in a snowbank.
After a struggle with the officer, LaFrance was subdued by a taser, the release said. LaFrance then gave the officer an ID that was not his own.
He was charged with:
- Failure to stop for police
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Providing a false name
- Resisting arrest
- Assault and battery on a police officer
- Malicious destruction of property - $250
- Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
- Trafficking fentanyl
LaFrance was held without bail in the Franklin County House of Corrections, and will be arraigned Monday in Gardner District Court.