Two Auburn men pulled away from a traffic stop on a Pennsylvania freeway and threw illegal drugs out a window during a chase last week, Pennsylvania state police said.
According to a press release, Nicholas Neville, 31, and Merritt Fletcher, 30, initially pulled over in their vehicle, a 2021 Toyota Rav4 with Georgia license plates, for a traffic stop on Wednesday on the Interstate 80. They consented to a search of the vehicle. , who was arrested near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, but as a state soldier waited for help to arrive, the two ran to their vehicle and set off in the direction of the Where is.
In a subsequent prosecution, according to the press release, “large amounts of suspected illegal controlled substances” were thrown out the window. The soldiers later recovered the packaging containing the residue.
Additional state police units assisted in the pursuit and unsuccessfully attempted to deploy spike strips to puncture the tires of the vehicle Neville was driving, according to the press release. The chase ended about 20 miles down the highway when the presence of a covered truck slowed the vehicle down and allowed a soldier to catch up and use a chase intervention technique. As Neville lost control, the vehicle exited the freeway and rolled several times.
“A significant amount of illegal controlled substances was thrown inside the vehicle,” the press release said.