A Norwalk man allegedly tried to evade capture on a drug bust Sunday afternoon by jumping from his moving car and running. A Norwalk police officer in pursuit drew his gun, but Jovan Harris, 30, of 23 Laura St., got away, only to be captured nearby by other officers.
Harris was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer. Bond was set at $25,000.
The incident began at 4:02 p.m. at the Crespo Grocery on South Main Street, where Sgt. Marc Lepore thought he saw a drug transaction take place in the parking lot between an older man and a man sitting in a red Honda. The older man said something to the Honda's driver, who then backed his car up fast toward Lepore's cruiser, police said, stopping three feet from the cruiser.
Lepore yelled at him to stop, but Harris allegedly drove onto South Main Street, straight at another cruiser that had arrived, and then went over the sidewalk to get around it.
Both cars chased as Harris passed illegally and ran a stop sign, before jumping from the moving vehicle on Kossuth Street, police said. The car hit a parked truck and he ran, heading for a stairway up a hill.
Lepore chased him. On the stairway, Harris stopped and started to turn toward him. Lepore drew his gun and ordered Harris to show his hands and get on the ground, police said. Instead, Harris ran and Lepore lost sight of him. He was captured by other officers on Belle Avenue.
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