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Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A former Charleroi Area running back landed in jail Monday on drug charges after getting tripped up by a sidewalk as he ran from police.

Quentin Jerome Briggs Jr., 20, of 68 McKinley Road, Charleroi, was seen walking along Washington Avenue in Charleroi just before midnight on Sunday.

When Charleroi Regional Police Officer Mike Leasure drove past and stopped, Briggs allegedly took off running down Sixth Street, eventually making it to Cherry Way.

“I noticed that when I drove by, he pulled up his hood to cover his face,” Leasure said. “To me, I was thinking he had a warrant. It was a little suspicious.”

As Leasure drove toward Cherry Way, he saw Briggs headed to Fallowfield Avenue. Briggs allegedly continued running north, until he tripped on the sidewalk and was apprehended in front of 604 Fallowfield Ave.

When asked why he ran, Briggs allegedly replied, “I have a lot of weed.”Leasure said Briggsallegedly had $167 in his front pocket.

Police noticed Briggs and the backpack he was carrying had a strong odor of marijuana. Inside of the backpack, police discovered an open box of sandwich bags, a Crown Royal bag with marijuana inside of it, a Mason jar containing marijuana buds and a separate sandwich bag filled with individual bags of marijuana.

In all, police said Briggs was in possession of 41.8 grams of suspected marijuana as well as a counterfeit $20 bill.

“If you'd sell all of the marijuana he had, it'd probably be between $600 or $800,” Leasure said.

Briggs was charged with two counts each of manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as single counts of possession of a controlled substance and trademark counterfeiting.

He was arraigned 4 a.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bond.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi at 9 a.m. May 19.

A 2012 Charleroi Area High School graduate, Briggs was a promising running back. He rushed for over 3,500 yards in his career with the Cougars.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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