A Hamden man faces multiple charges, after being apprehended by Wellston Police Department (WPD) officers following a brief foot pursuit late last Saturday night, May 21.

According to WPD, the episode began at approximately 11:42 p.m. Saturday when WPD offices stopped a car at the intersection of North Pennsylvania Avenue and State Route 349 (Lake Alma Road). As officers were in the police car checking the identification of the driver, the driver threw open the door to his car and ran into the woods off State Route 349. Two WPD officers gave chase and apprehended the suspect within minutes.

The suspect, identified as Joshua L Coleman, 35 from Hamden, stated that he initially gave officers his brother’s identifying information. Officers also located a syringe and bag of white powder that Coleman stated was the powerful and potentially deadly drug, Fentanyl.

Police charged Coleman with two counts of obstructing official business, felony possession of a controlled substance, possessing drug abuse instruments, OVI and driving under suspension. Coleman also had multiple warrants for his arrest, including one through WPD and one felony warrant from the Adult Parole Authority.

Coleman was placed in the Jackson County Correctional Facility that same night. The Wellston Fire Department and Jackson County EMS assisted at the scene to treat for possible Fentanyl exposure and minor injuries to the officers’ arms, hands, and legs from their brief excursion through the brush to capture Coleman.