Motorcyclist arrested for drugs

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An Anna Maria man was arrested March 6 for allegedly possessing cocaine after resisting arrest in the 5600 block of Ninth Street East in Bradenton.

James Harpe, 27, was arrested at 8:16 p.m. after Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy William Coleman observed his motorcycle on the sidewalk without tag lights in the 5800 block of Ninth Street.

Coleman stopped the motorcyclist and observed the ignition punched out. Harpe told the officer he was rebuilding it. A warning was issued for the equipment violations, according to a police report.

Next, the officer asked to search a backpack the motorcyclist was carrying. Coleman allegedly found 0.3 grams of cocaine rocks in a prescription vial. Also in the bag, the officer found 77 Lorazapam pills prescribed to Harpe, a prescription filled the same day with 13 fewer pills in the vial, the police report stated.

Coleman then attempted to handcuff Harpe who, according to the report, resisted by folding his arms against his chest. The officer placed Harpe on the ground and took him into custody.

After Harpe was read his Miranda rights, the report states he told the officer he bought the cocaine from a friend in Bradenton.

Harpe was transported to the Manatee County jail, where he posted a $2,000 bond and was released.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.