On Dec. 4, an officer was traveling on Pine Road when he saw a motorcyclist traveling without a helmet and proper eyewear. The cop immediately made a U-turn and began to follow the driver. Once the U-turn was made, the motorcyclist began to speed up and avoid the officer that was following him.
The driver was weaving in between cars while the police officer had to travel up to 90 mph in order to catch up to the motorcycle, which was traveling down County Line Road towards Bustleton Avenue. When the motorcyclist attempted to make a right turn onto Bustleton Ave., he struck the cement island and lost control of the vehicle. As he fell, he tried to dismount from the motorcycle but got his foot caught in the rear wheel spokes. As he got his leg free, the cop gave him commands to put his hands behind his head. The operator resisted by clutching his hands together in front of his body in the fetal position. The cop pushed him to the ground as he tried to get up, but the cop could not separate his hands to place him in handcuffs.
The driver then began to slide down an embankment, to which the cop followed him and slid down the embankment himself. At the bottom of the embankment a passerby assisted the police in sitting the operator down against the wall of a business. At this time the driver was detained with handcuffs behind his back.
The driver was identified as Rahman Abdul Halimi, 23, of Philadelphia. It was then discovered that there was an active warrant from Bucks County for a probation violation. His drivers’ license was also suspended and he is not endorsed to operate motorcycles.
While searching the vehicle, police discovered three glassine bags held together with a rubber band. The bags contained blue wax paper with a powdery material suspected of being heroin. The baggies were stamped “Popeye”. This is consistent with the packaging of heroin, according to LMPD. Along with the baggies was a small red straw/stir stick containing powdery residue believed to be heroin.
Police completed a criminal complaint charging him with:
- Fleeing or attempting to elude police
- Resisting arrest
- False identification to law enforcement
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of controlled substance
- Numerous vehicle code violations