Friday March 8, 2013

BENNINGTON -- A man wanted on drug charges was captured last week by Bennington Police after a foot chase.

Donald Hurley, 20, of Beech Street, was arraigned Monday in Rutland Superior Court Criminal Division and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of heroine possession, and resisting arrest. He also pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of cocaine sale, and cocaine possession. He is being held at the Rutland jail for lack of $15,000 bail, and his case will be processed through the Bennington courts.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Robert Murawski, on March 1 he and Officer Thomas Bull went to 113 Gage St., where an anonymous caller had informed police was where Hurley was. Hurley was on arrest warrant status for charges alleging he had sold cocaine to police informants.

Murawski said he saw a male run out the back of the residence and so he gave chase, following the male down Gage Street towards North Street, cutting through the parking lot of the Trustco Bank. Murawski followed the male between the Brenda Jones Realty and Spice and Nice buildings before losing sight of him. He found him on Adams Street, where the male fell but got up and kept going. Murawski captured the male, identified as Hurley, at a white picket fence. Murawski found two cell phones and a hypodermic needle in Hurley’s possession.

Another affidavit by the Vermont State Drug Task Force details two occasions last year in which Hurley allegedly sold crack cocaine to police informants. Police said Hurley met with one of the informants in the parking lot of Tractor Supply in Bennington, but because Hurley appeared to believe he was being chased by someone, they went inside the store and completed the transaction.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr