A 26-year-old Bellwood man faces numerous charges after he recently tried to elude Arlington Heights police following a traffic stop, which turned up more than 223 grams of heroin, authorities said Thursday.
Keith Manning, of Bellwood, was arrested Tuesday, and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting a peace officer, Arlington Heights police said.
An officer initially saw a car with two individuals commit a traffic violation around 9 a.m. near Algonquin and Golf roads in the village and pulled the car over, said Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Rich Sperando. While speaking with the driver and the passenger, who later was identified as Manning, the officer smelled an odor of marijuana and asked them both to exit the car, Sperando said.
The driver, who was not identified, complied and exited the car at which point Manning jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to drive away from the area, police said.
Even though police removed Manning from the car before he was able to drive away, he escaped on foot after a brief struggle with the officer, Sperando said, prompting Arlington Heights police to set up a search area.
As additional Arlington Heights police units established a perimeter on scene, a resident nearby noticed a suspicious person in her backyard and called 911, Sperando said.
Police arrived on scene, found Manning and took him into custody without incident, he said.
After officers searched the car, they found several hundred small plastic bags containing heroin. The amount recovered totaled nearly one-quarter kilo of heroin, which has an estimated street value of $22,300, Sperando said.
“It was a lot of heroin and it was a very good job by our Patrol K-9 Officer Jeffrey Tegtmeyer,” Sperando said, adding how the department’s K-9 police dog was not involved in the arrest.
Manning’s bond was set at $125,000 during a hearing Wednesday. He was remanded to Cook County Jail for violating his probation, police said.
The driver of the car was later released from police custody without charges, police said.
Elizabeth Owens-Schiele is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.