Saratoga County

Troopers: Man tried to hide drugs under shirt, run after Halfmoon traffic stop

He faces assault and evidence tampering counts

HALFMOON — A New Jersey man fled a Sunday Northway traffic stop on foot after trying to conceal a box of drugs under his shirt, state police said.

He then consumed some of the drugs as he ran and tried to throw a bag of marijuana before troopers could take him into custody, troopers said.

The incident happened just after 7 p.m. on the Northway in Halfmoon, state police said. 

A trooper stopped a car driven by Theodore J. Harris, 58, of Burlington, N.J., for speeding, troopers said. When the trooper approached the vehicle, she smelled marijuana coming from inside the car, police said.

The trooper asked Harris to get out of the vehicle, but in the process he attempted to conceal a white U.S. Postal Service box by putting it up his shirt, state police said. Unsuccessful at that, he then tried to toss and kick the box, troopers said.

The trooper then told him he was under arrest and went to take him into custody, but Harris turned, grabbed the box and jumped over a guardrail and fled into the woods.

The trooper chased him and watched as he opened the box, took out what state police identified as hydrocodone and consumed it. Harris then took out a bag of marijuana and tried to throw it, state police said.

The trooper caught up with Harris, but he fought as she arrested him, state police said.

Among the charges Harris faces is second-degree assault, a felony. suggesting the trooper was injured in the process. A state police release, however, didn’t specify injuries.

Harris also faces one count of tampering with physical evidence, a felony, and resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of marijuana, misdemeanors.

Harris was arraigned and ordered held on $5,000 bail.


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