SHEBOYGAN — A 31-year-old Sheboygan man was arrested Sunday after fleeing police at a high rate of speed.
Tristan C. Edwards, who resides at 607 National Avenue in Sheboygan, was charged Monday with felony attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and possession with intent to deliver THC, his second and subsequent offense.
According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 1:15 AM on Sunday, April 29th, a police officer was working an OWI detail in the area of South 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in the City of Sheboygan when he observed a vehicle traveling northbound on South 14th Street at a very high rate of speed. The officer was able to activate his radar and clocked the vehicle going 41 MPH in the posted 25 MPH zone.
The officer initiated a traffic stop on North 14th Street at the intersection of Niagara Avenue. The vehicle slowed below the normal speed limit but Edwards did not pull over or stop his vehicle. Instead, Edwards continued to drive the vehicle into the Walgreen’s parking lot located at North 14th Street and Erie Avenue. At this point, the officer was able to observe Edwards was moving items within the interior of the vehicle as it was slowing.
When the officer made contact with Edwards, he observed a strong odor of fresh marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The officer asked Edwards if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, to which he denied. It was at this point, Edwards began grabbing other items in the vehicle, including what appeared to be a black opaque plastic garbage bag located on the passenger floorboard.
Police told Edwards that due to the odor of marijuana, he needed to exit the vehicle so a search could be completed. The man did not accept this and then rolled up the window of his vehicle and began reversing. Police continually told Edwards to stop his vehicle, but he continued backing.
The officer relayed to other officers in the area what was occurring and was advised by sheriff deputies that the vehicle was still traveling in the area through alleyways at high rates of speed and failing to comply with traffic signs. One deputy observed Edwards traveling approximately 60-70 mph in the 25 MPH area, blowing through stop signs as well as traveling airborne through intersections due to his high rate of speed.
Eventually, another officer located Edwards on foot in the area of North 9th Street and Niagara Avenue. The officer later observed a black grocery bag lying on the side of the road nearby. The officer immediately observed marijuana inside the bag, as well as a heat sealed baggie with “L19” written on it in black permanent marker. The marijuana without packaging weighed in at 112.39 grams.
Also located in the black plastic bag were two Ziploc baggies of marijuana. The total weight off all the marijuana found in or near the black garbage bag was 144.22 grams according to the criminal complaint.
When Edwards was taken into custody, a large amount of cash was found on his person, totaling $408.