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Auburn man awaiting sentencing on charges leads police on pursuit

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A Syracuse man is facing multiple charges after he fled a traffic stop in Auburn while out on bail, while awaiting sentencing on drug and weapon charges in Onondaga County.

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According to a press release issued by the Auburn Police Department on Monday, officers from the patrol division initiated a traffic stop on a blue 2020 Toyota SUV around 1 a.m. on Thursday, after observing traffic infractions. The driver, later identified as Dasir A. Johnson, immediately fled the scene in an attempt to evade arrest.

After a chase through the east side of Auburn, Johnson pulled into Plaza Drive off Grant Avenue and fled on foot. With the help of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn police were able to apprehend him moments later.

During the arrest, Finger Lakes Drug Task Force members were called in to assist, and a significant quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Among the items seized were 3.3 grams of cocaine, 6.5 grams of crack cocaine, over 27 ounces of the street drug known as “molly,” packaging materials, and approximately $1,300 in cash.

Johnson has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, as Class B and C felonies; tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; possession of an imitation controlled substance, a misdemeanor; unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor; uninspected motor vehicle, an infraction; speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor.

The accused, who was out on his own recognizance pending sentencing for various drug and gun charges in Onondaga County, has been charged, processed, and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail.