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Manley Stewart, Eugene Atkins held by Newburgh city cops on drugs and weapons charges

A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012)

A Newburgh city police vehicle. (June 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Leslie Barbaro

Two men landed behind bars on drugs and weapons charges early Wednesday after they struggled with Newburgh city police and one of them pulled a gun on officers, officers said.

Manley Stewart, 31, of South Street in the city of Newburgh, and Eugene Atkins, 27, of Walnut Street in New Windsor, were arrested in the 12:21 a.m. incident, police said.

Three officers were on foot patrol near the intersection of Farrington and Lander streets when they spotted a car speeding down Lander Street, police said. One of the cops flagged down the vehicle and Atkins, the driver, stopped, but drove off shortly after the officer began speaking to him, police said.

Officers eventually stopped the car in the area of 62 Campbell St., at which time Stewart, a passenger, bolted from the car. Officers knew Stewart had outstanding warrants for second-degree harassment and second-degree criminal contempt out of Newburgh City Court. Police chased him down and tried to arrest him, but Stewart pulled a loaded .25 caliber pistol and fought with them, police said. Officers knocked the gun out of Stewart's hand, but he continued to fight with them. A dog from the city's K-9 unit was brought in and helped arrest Stewart, police said.

Atkins, who attempted to interfere with the arrest by grabbing the officers, also was arrested, police said.

A search of the car turned up 23 grams of marijuana, five grams of cocaine and four grams of heroin, police said.

In addition to the counts in the warrants, Stewart was charged with second-degree weapons possession, third-degree drug possession and two counts of fourth-degree drug possession, all felonies; and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and marijuana possession, a violation.

Atkins was charged with two counts of fourth-degree drug possession and a single count of third-degree drug possession, plus second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, marijuana possession and a speeding ticket.

Stewart was arraigned Wednesday before City Court Judge Peter Kulkin and was sent to the Orange County Jail in Goshen in lieu of $50,000 bail or $50,000 bond. His next court date has not been set, a court official said Thursday. His attorney, Paul Brite of Newburgh, declined to comment on the case when reached Thursday.

Atkins was arraigned Wednesday before City Court Judge Harold Ramsey and was sent to the Orange Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail or $15,000 bond. His next court date is Monday. Attorney information for Atkins was not available Thursday.

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