Sheriff: Man charged after fleeing deputies, possessing cocaine and marijuana


A Lockport man was arrested on drug possession charges after deputies say he fled them during a traffic stop in Clarence.

Monday around 10:30 p.m., a deputy stopped Moises Lopez-Encarnacion, 27, on Goodrich Rd.

The deputy stopped him for allegedly speeding, but during the stop, authorities say a strong odor of marijuana was present.

During this time, deputies say Lopez-Encarnacion turned away, reached into the center console of the vehicle and concealed something in his hand.

When he was ordered out of the vehicle, deputies say Lopez-Encarnacion pushed away and fled on foot.

While pursuing him, deputies say they saw items fall from Lopez-Encarnacion.

Eventually, he was apprehended, but continued to resist deputies. After being taken into custody, deputies say Lopez-Encarnacion vomited marijuana.

Along with that, he was allegedly in possession of a sock containing 21 grams of cocaine.

Lopez-Encarnacion was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.

He was evaluated at ECMC and then taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held without bail.

One deputy suffered a hand injury during the incident, but was treated before returning to duty.

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