TARPON SPRINGS — A Palm Harbor man was arrested Friday night after he tried to escape from Tarpon Springs officers during a traffic stop, police said.
Marcel Demond Hunter, 33, was stopped around 8 p.m. after Officer Derek Anderson spotted him driving a white, four-door Ford on E Lime Street. Anderson had dealt with Hunter before and knew his license had been suspended, police said.
Police gave this account of the incident: When told he was being arrested, Hunter struggled with Anderson and backup officers and tried to get away. He also tried several times to get one officer's gun.
After Hunter was subdued, police said they found 219 grams of marijuana and five grams of cocaine in several plastic bags.
Hunter, of 2668 Peterborough Court, was charged with driving with a license that had been suspended/revoked for delinquent child support, possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, resisting arrest without violence and being a felon in possession of a gun.
Hunter was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
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