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Man jumps out of moving vehicle, later arrested on drug charges

Published 6:33pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

An Indiana man unsuccessfully tried to escape police by jumping out of a moving vehicle during a traffic stop Monday in Niles.

According to Det. Chad Mitchell, of the Niles Police Department, the incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. at South Third Street and Decker.

A Niles patrol officer attempted to pull over a vehicle because the driver was known to be driving on a suspended license.

During the traffic stop, the only passenger in the vehicle, Jehar Haquil Davis, 25, of South Bend, Ind., jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving. Mitchell estimated the speed of the vehicle to be around 30 miles per hour at the time.

Davis regained his feet and attempted to pick up narcotics that had fallen out of his possession when he jumped.

When officers told Davis to stop, he fled into a nearby wooded area where he was apprehended a short time later.

Mitchell said police recovered heroin from the street and a small amount of marijuana from the vehicle.

Davis was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of heroin under 25 grams, resisting and obstructing police and possession of marijuana.

The driver was arrested on the preliminary charge of driving on a suspended license. His name was not released pending arraignment.

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