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Tuesday, May 21 News

Police: Man leads officers on foot chase after traffic stop

NORWALK — A New York man was arrested on a host of charges after he led officers on a foot chase early Monday morning following a motor vehicle stop, police said.

Eric Henry, 31, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was charged with interfering with an officer, possession of a controlled substance, assault on a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Around 1:30 a.m. officers were on routine patrol in the area of Mulvoy Street when they reportedly saw a car driven by Henry go through a stop sign.

Officers pulled over the vehicle and police said Henry appeared to be very nervous. Henry reportedly tucked a cigar wrapper into his pocket and police then asked him if he had any illegal items in the car. According to police, he said he did not and consented to a search of the car. A K9 team from Westport was brought to the scene and the dog reportedly indicated the presence of drugs in the car.

Police asked Henry to step out of the car at which time they said he fled on foot. Officers chased him on foot and brought him to the ground after a struggle. As officers attempt to handcuff him, he pulled away and resisted their attempts, police said.

One officer sustained minor injuries during the struggle, police said.

Police said they located two small baggies of cocaine in Henry’s car. According to police, Henry was also in possession of more than $500.

His bond was set at $80,000 and he was given a court date of June 7.