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Suspect runs from police
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TRINITY – A 22-year-old Trinity man was being sought this week by Trinity police after being named as “a person of interest” in a drug and stolen car investigation. Demetrius “Gerb” Wheeler already was being sought on a parole violation warrant at the time of the June 14 incident. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, a late model white Chevrolet Impala was pulled over on Harbin Street following a routine traffic violation. After stopping, the driver of the vehicle got out and took off running. Although the suspect managed to escape, the incident was captured by the dash camera on Officer Daniel Adams’ patrol car. Jones said residents of that area had been complaining of drivers “snaking” on the streets, an action which involves driving erratically and moving from side to side on the roadway. “We were on he lookout for that type of behavior when the officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Thursday night,” the chief said. After the suspect fled the scene, Jones said officers found over $1,600 in cash and a small amount of crack cocaine inside the vehicle. “The car also reeked of marijuana,” Jones added. After seizing the drugs and cash, police contacted the woman who was listed as the car’s owner and were told the vehicle had been stolen. Jones identified Wheeler as the person of interest in the matter and said charges of evading arrest, drug possession and auto theft were pending. Anyone with information about Wheeler or his location is asked to contact the Trinity Police Department at 594-2505. Anonymous tips also can be made through the Trinity County Crime Stoppers program at 642-2334. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest of a criminal suspect.