Holmes Beach man arrested on cocaine charge

After making an attempt to elude police following an Aug. 11 traffic stop, Alan Scooter Stein, 38, of the 300 block of 61st Street, Holmes Beach was arrested for felony possession of cocaine.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Stein making a U-turn in the 6900 block of Cortez Road, allegedly impeding traffic and almost causing an accident.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and asked Stein to show him his driver’s license. According to the report, Stein looked at the deputy and then accelerated away from the scene “at a high rate of speed.”

The deputy caught up to Stein’s vehicle in the 4500 block of 68th Street, but Stein was not in sight. A MCSO K-9 unit was called and the dog tracked Stein to some nearby bushes where he was taken into custody without further incident.

During a search of his person, deputies allegedly found a small amount of cocaine.

According to the report, the deputy asked Stein why he fled. “I didn’t want to go to jail,” Stein allegedly said.

Stein was booked into the Manatee County jail on felony possession and misdemeanor obstruction charges. A search of his driving record revealed Stein also has eight driver license suspensions dating back to 1992.

He also was charged with felony driving while license suspended.

In all, Stein was held on $2,250 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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