Bedford man flees on foot and hides from police in basement

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested Sunday after a Bedford Police officer stopped his vehicle for being a habitual traffic offender.

Donald Harrison

The officers spotted 51-year-old Donald Harrison driving a gray Ford Escape on 17th Street. The officer followed Harrison as he turned south on J Street. The officer then learned Harrison was also wanted on a warrant.

The officer lost sight of the vehicle but located Harrison walking north on J Street approaching 17th Street.

Harrison spotted the officer and took off. Two people flagged down the officer and said the man he was looking for ran down the alley between 17th and 18th streets. While traveling through the ally the officer spotted the vehicle at the Moose Lodge, just south of the alley. The officer went to Harrison’s house at 1030 17th Street and knocked on the door.

Officers found Harrison inside the home in the basement hiding under a pile of miscellaneous objects and he was detained.

After locating Harrison,  Sergeant Bade utilized his K9 Partner Zazu, to conduct an exterior search of the vehicle. Zazu alerted officers to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle. 

Officers found a black zipper bag directly behind the driver seat that contained a used syringe. They also found an eye glass case containing multiple syringes. The liquid inside the syringes tested positive for fentanyl.

Harrison was arrested on charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a narcotic drug, and being a habitual traffic offender.

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