Kingston cops: Ulster men tried to ditch drugs during chase

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City Court House on Garraghan Drive. (March 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Nancy Donskoj

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A pair of drug suspects, one of them driving drunk, tried to dispose of the evidence by tossing it out a car window as they led police on a chase through midtown Kingston, police said Tuesday.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, patrol officers spotted a car driven by Willie C. North, 28, of 44 Idaho St. in the Ulster County hamlet of Connelly, blow through a stop sign in the area of Iwo Jima Lane at Cedar Street, Kingston, police said. The car then ran a red light at Cedar Street and Broadway.

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Officers gave chase and activated their lights, police said, and North pulled over on Pine Grove Avenue. As the patrol car slipped in behind North's car, he sped off, and the officers saw items being thrown out the vehicle's window by the passenger, Levelle T. Peterson, 30, of 6 Skyline Dr., Saugerties. Officers resumed the chase and saw North also flinging items out the window before he gave up the chase and pulled over a short time later.

Police arrested North and Peterson and recovered the tossed items, which they determined to be pills containing the painkiller hydrocodone, a controlled substance. During processing at the police station, Peterson was found in possession of more than half a gram of cocaine, police said.

North was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony; driving while intoxicated and seventh-degree drug possession, misdemeanors; and numerous drug and traffic violations.

Peterson was charged with tampering with physical evidence and fifth-degree drug possession, felonies; seventh-degree drug possession, a misdemeanor; and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container, a violation.

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North and Peterson were arraigned Monday and sent to the Ulster County Jail. No further information on their court appearance or legal representation was immediately available Tuesday.

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