A city resident’s complaint that a man with a handgun was in the area of Fair and Auburn Streets led to the arrest of a 35-year-old alleged city drug dealer after a one-mile police car chase on Sunday morning, according to police director Jerry Speziale.
The suspect Hector Negron-Diaz was arrested on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Lyon Street little after the chase began at 8:10 a.m. after he discarded a black object from the white Toyota and attempted to run through a roadway that was closed due to construction.
Negron-Diaz ignored police cars with sirens as he led officers on a pursuit through city streets. His vehicle came to a stop when he attempted to run through the construction barriers at the location.
Police officers A. Gonzalez and S. Marotta who began the pursuit under the command of sergeant Joe Delgado saw the suspect attempting to flee when his vehicle refused to move.
Marotta, Gonzalez, joined by officer P. Menacho, sergeant J. Delgado, and other officers gave chase, but Negron-Diaz’s forcefully resisted arrest. Police officers eventually subdued the suspect and arrested him on charges of resisting arrest, heroin possession, aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, reckless driving, and other motor vehicle violations.
A search of Negron-Diaz’s vehicle yielded a brick of heroin, 50 glassines. Police searched for a possible weapon the suspect may have through out of the vehicle, but were not able to recoverable a gun after a search of the area.
Speziale praised the police officers for their handling of the car pursuit.
“It’s evident that the community and police are working together to achieve a safe community,” said Speziale. “Together, we will accomplish what no one can do alone to make or city safer.”