Two men were charged with weapon possession counts in separate incidents within two days of each other in Utica.
Utica Police said at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday, the Tactical Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Hobart and Steuben streets, but the driver refused to pull over and continued to the 1300 block of Steuben St.
Once there, a male passenger exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and began to flee from the officers through nearby back yards. During the pursuit, the man discarded an item over a nearby fence and the officers were able to catch up to him a short distance away.
During the attempt to take him into custody, Reggie Sullivan, 37, of Utica, tried swallowing a bag of crack cocaine while resisting arrest, police said. The officers were soon able to successfully take Sullivan into custody.
While conducting a check of the area near the fence where Sullivan was, the officers located a loaded .40 caliber handgun, police said.
Sullivan was ultimately charged with second-degree criminal possession of weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and various state Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.
He will appear in City Court.
And at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said patrol units were dispatched to the Fastrac convenience store at 1330 Herkimer Road for a possible man with a weapon. On arrival, they located a man matching the reported description standing near the counter inside the store.
Police said he was immediately detained, and upon the arrival of additional officers, they located a loaded modified 9mm Hi-Point rifle wrapped in a jacket just outside one of the entry doors.
Suspect Tony Howard, 31, of Utica, was brought to the Utica Police Station and charged with felony counts of second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm. He will also appear in City Court.