Lancaster man gets prison for fleeing, fighting police after drug find

Ian J. Stewart (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A city man will spend up to 5 years in state prison for fleeing police and fighting with officers who found 780 prescription drugs in a disabled car.

Ian J. Stewart, 20, was ordered to serve 1.5 to 5 years followed by 3 years of probation, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Stewart pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, and drug offenses.

Manheim Township police on April 21 approached a car that was stopped in the 2400 block of Fruitville Pike. Stewart, a passenger, said the car was out of gas.

The driver, Luke Lantz, gave the officers permission to search after they noticed what appeared to be prescription medication, marijuana seeds, a marijuana grinder, and a strong odor of marijuana.

Authorities said when the officers found the 780 Xanax tablets inside a backpack, Stewart grabbed the backpack and fled. He kicked an officer who caught up to him and tried to kick out a police car window while handcuffed in the cruiser.

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