MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he fled on foot after an officer attempted to stop him while he was driving a moped. Police said they found a trace amount of cocaine in his backpack.
Jose Soto, Jr., 36, of 675 Broad St., was arrested Friday and charged with reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, interfering with police, possession of narcotics and operating under suspension.
On June 11 around 10:21 p.m. an officer on patrol saw a man, later identified as Soto, driving a moped on Wall Street, according to police reports. The officer noted Soto did not stop for multiple stop signs. After appearing to come to a stop on Myrtle Street, the officer attempted to pull him over, the report said. Soto accelerated and the officer followed him for about one block at a low speed.
Soto took off running on foot in the area of Hobart Street and Arch Street. Soto continued running and the officer caught up in the area of 16 Arch St. and ordered Soto to put his hands up. Soto did not comply with the officer’s commands and the officer deployed his taser, striking Soto in the stomach and leg. The officer was able to handcuff Soto and take him into custody.
Police found Soto’s backpack near where he left the moped. Inside the backpack officers found .1 gram of cocaine. Soto was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 30.