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A Fort Pierce man was arrested Sunday on five charges, including two drug charges, after police said he fled from an officer who tried to pull over the silver Ford sedan he was driving, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer was on patrol with the Fort Pierce Crime Suppression Unit when he saw Marvin M. Jennings, 18, of the 1200 block of North 35th Street, overshoot the stop bar on the pavement at North 21st Street and Avenue G, and smelled the scent of marijuana coming from the car, it said.
According to the affidavit:
The officer tried to stop the Ford, but it sped off, eventually stopping in a restaurant parking lot in the 100 block of South 25th Street.
When police removed the driver from the car, Jennings kept reaching into his waistband as if to conceal something. The officer used a “pain compliance technique,” hitting him with the heel of his hand, and was able to handcuff him.
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A bag of cocaine fell out of Jennings’ pocket as he was arrested, and a bag thrown from the car on North 21st Street contained 2.7 grams of MDMA.
Jennings was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, cocaine possession, operating a vehicle without a valid license, fleeing and eluding, and resisting an officer without violence, St. Lucie County Jail records show.
He remained held without bail Monday under a hold for violation of probation in a battery case and a court order to revoke his bail in a case in which he was charged with giving authorities a false name.
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