Police: Torrington man caught dropping crack cocaine, heroin, during pursuit

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen and was written by its staff. 

TORRINGTON >> A city man is facing drug charges after police said he was seen dropping a bag containing crack cocaine and heroin during a pursuit.

Dajshon Monk, 31, of 509 South Main St., second apartment, Torrington, was arrested April 28 and charged with possession with intent to sell, sale of a hallucinogen or narcotic, interfering with an officer, tampering with evidence, failure to use a seat belt, making an improper turn and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

A Torrington police officer initiated a motor vehicle stop on April 28 at approximately 5:20 p.m. after seeing Monk and a passenger traveling without seat belts while they stopped at a stop sign, according to a probable cause report.

The car turned into the driveway at 68 Linden St. “without signaling and continued behind the house before stopping,” according to the report.

Monk and the passenger got out of the car and began to walk toward the officer. Monk told the officer that the home was his friend’s house, after being asked if he lived there, then later said he did not live there, according to the report.

Monk told the officer that he was learning how to drive, did not have a license “and pulled into the driveway because he panicked when (the officer) got behind him,” according to the report.

“Monk then put both his hands in his underwear and I told him to keep his hands where I can see them,” the officer wrote in the report. “Monk became very nervous and began pacing in circles and was not listening to my commands to keep his hands out of his pants.”

The officer called for a second unit to come to the scene and Monk became more agitated, police said. When police went to arrest him, Monk said he was on parole “and cannot get in trouble,” according to the report.

When police again asked him to put his hands behind his back, Monk turned around and “began to run through the back yard of 68 Linden Street and into connecting yards,” according to the report.

The officer chased Monk and saw him drop something on Clarence Street, where he was caught and arrested, according to the report.

After looking in the area, the officer found a clear plastic sandwich bag with 4.94 grams of crack cocaine and 9 bags of heroin inside, police said.

Monk was held in lieu of $10,000 surety bail and was scheduled to appear in Bantam Superior Court on May 1. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges and is next scheduled to appear in court on May 16, judicial records show.

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