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Man faces drug charges after fleeing Baldwin traffic stop, say cops

Lawrence Brown, 31, of Freeport, has been charged

Lawrence Brown, 31, of Freeport, has been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, two-counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer and traffic violations after being arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, police said. Photo Credit: NYS Police

A Freeport man who drove away from troopers after a traffic stop, then struck a tree and hid in bushes near the Southern State Parkway in Baldwin early Tuesday faces multiple charges, including drug possession and forgery, State Police said.

Lawrence Brown, 31, was in a black Hyundai, weaving in and out of lanes on the parkway near Grand Avenue, Exit 20, at about 3:06 a.m., police said.

Troopers stopped the vehicle, and as they approached it to interview the driver, the car was driven away, striking a tree off the Grand Avenue exit ramp, police said.

Brown ran away, but troopers found him hiding in the bushes, according to a news release.

Troopers searching the vehicle found 3 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a forged Visa debit card, the release said.

Brown is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer and traffic violations.

Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson set Brown's bail at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash, which he had not posted as of Wednesday afternoon. He is due back in court Tuesday.

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