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Man Arrested After Allegedly Dumping Meth While Fleeing Police

Monrovia Police officers vacuumed up several ounces of methamphetamine allegedly dumped by a man who fled police on foot after a hit-and-run collision.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Dumping Meth While Fleeing Police

Police arrested a man Monday who allegedly dumped a bag full of methamphetamine while fleeing police on foot after a hit-and-run collision.

A witness called police at about 10 a.m. Monday and reported that a motorist plowed his car into an electrical box at California Avenue and Duarte Road before speeding off. The motorist followed the car until police arrived, Monrovia Police Lt. Michael Lee said.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Richard Baze of Duarte, allegedly got out of his car near the 1100 block of South Primrose Avenue and dumped a bag full of several ounces of methamphetamine as he ran from police officers in pursuit, Lee said.

"This guy tore up a bag of dope and threw it all over the ground with the idea that we couldn’t pick any of it up," Lee said.

Police were able to vaccuum up the methamphetamine, Lee said. Baze was apprehended after injuring his knee while trying to climb a fence, he said.

Baze was booked on charges of possession of narcotics with the intent to sell and remains in custody in lieu of $30,000 in bail, Lee said.

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