A Fort Wayne man has been charged with a felony for a recent incident where authorities allege he resisted arrest and had marijuana in his vehicle.
Hector I. Mendez, 21, of the 5000 block of Northern Hills Drive, is being charged with Class D felony resisting law enforcement, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, hash oil, hashish, salvia, or a synthetic cannabinoid, and Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
According to court documents, the charges stem from events on May 9. An Indiana State Police trooper was traveling east on Coliseum Boulevard near Parnell Avenue around 1:22 a.m. when he allegedly saw a Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed.
The trooper tracked the vehicle with his radar, obtaining a reading of 72 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to the court documents. When the trooper attempted to perform a traffic stop, the vehicle allegedly increased its speed, the documents said. The trooper also claimed that he saw Nunez throw several objects from the window of the car and radioed the location of the thrown items.
The Explorer stopped at the intersection of Anthony and Coliseum boulevards, according to the documents, and Nunez allegedly refused to take the field sobriety test. During a search of the vehicle, the trooper allegedly found several areas inside the car with marijuana, two small joints filled with marijuana, and two plastic baggies on the floor boards.