Lewiston man arrested after fleeing traffic stop in York

Lewiston man escapes York police

*UPDATE – Mockler has been taken into custody by police near his home in Lewiston.

Police said he was located around 7:15 p.m. after tips were called in to York PD.

Mockler was arrested on the outstanding warrant from Lewiston PD, and was also charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs.

He is now at Androscoggin County Jail with a court date scheduled for Oct. 24.

YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A man from Lewiston is wanted at large by police in York after fleeing the scene of a traffic stop involving drugs late Friday night on Route 1.

James Mockler, 49, was the passenger in a car pulled over by York Police to investigate a warrant on the vehicle's registered owner, Darren Rider of Sabattus, according to York Police Department Sgt. Luke Ernenwein. Rider, 44, was driving the car at the time.

When police conducted the traffic stop at 9:41 p.m. Friday, they said Mockler threw something out the passenger side window. Later, the officer recovered "nine fingers," or 124 grams of heroin.

Police said backup was requested by the officer but was not immediately available.

When the officer attempted to handcuff Mockler, police said he retaliated with assault and the struggle went to the ground. Mockler then called out to Rider for assistance. Rider exited the car, but police said the officer used a taser to subdue him. That's when Mockler fled into the woods.

Later, more police arrived with K-9 units but were unsuccessful in finding Mockler.

Police are still searching for Mockler, who was already wanted by Lewiston Police on a no-bail warrant for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Rider was arrested for hindering apprehension and trafficking in heroin.

Police did not specify whether Mockler was dangerous, just that York Police was in the process of obtaining new warrants for his arrest.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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