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Cops: Driver arrested after fleeing police

James M. Carter, of Wheatley Heights, was arrested

James M. Carter, of Wheatley Heights, was arrested by Second Precinct officers on Shore Avenue and charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of marijuana and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations, police said. Credit: Nassau County Police Department

A Wheatley Heights man who fled a traffic stop in Oyster Bay on Sunday night was arrested a short time later and charged with drug possession, Nassau County police said.

James M. Carter, 30, of 106 North 16th St., was arrested by Second Precinct officers on Shore Avenue at 8:45 p.m. and charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of marijuana and multiple vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.

At his arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead, Carter was ordered held on $50,000 bond, according to online court records. He is due to return to court Wednesday.

Police said Carter was the subject of a traffic stop on Spring Street on Sunday, but said that as officers approached his 1997 Dodge Dakota he instead "sped away." The vehicle was found unoccupied a short time later on Shore Avenue.

Police said Carter was located on Spring Street, where he was found to have "a clear knotted piece of plastic containing marijuana" in a pants pocket. Police said crack was found in the Dodge.

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