Police arrested three people on drug charges after a car containing the three stopped in the middle of a South Side street about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Officer George Anderson spotted the car pulled over at Hillman and West Warren avenues and a person trying to get inside. Because there is a high volume of criminal activity in the area, he followed the car to Hillman and Delason avenues, where he pulled it over, according to a police report.
The car pulled over, and Anderson approached the driver, Lester Scott II, 20, of Elm Street, and asked him for his license. As he did, he noticed a man in the back seat kept reaching into his coat, which forced the officer to draw his weapon and ask for backup.
As other officers arrived and they were about to take the back-seat passenger out of the car, the front-seat teenage passenger opened the door and ran away.
Other officers chased him, and as they did, the back-seat passenger, Rashad Bailey, 21, of Cohasset Drive, was taken out of the car also. When he was searched, officers found a plastic bag in his back pockets with an unidentified substance inside, reports said.
As Scott was taken out of the car, officers found a large bag that had pills and suspected crack cocaine inside, reports said.
Bailey gave police a wrong name, and when they found out his real identity, he was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and also was charged with obstructing official business.
Inside the car’s glove compartment, police found a scale that had heavy residue of suspected drugs on it, reports said. Scott was issued traffic citations and also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police eventually caught the 17-year-old. He is charged with obstructing official business, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drugs. He was taken to Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center, where he also has a warrant for trafficking in drugs.