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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An Arnold man was arrested in Cheswick on Friday night after allegedly running from officers.

Police said Devon Andrew Koch, 19, of the 300 block of 17th Street, was driving along Pittsburgh Street at about 8 p.m. when he was pulled over for speeding.

Chief Bob Scott said Koch got out of the car and ran.

According to the chief, the arresting officer saw illegal drugs and paraphernalia inside the car and stayed with the vehicle while neighboring officers gave chase.

A Harmar officer later took Koch into custody along Linden Street in Cheswick.

Koch is charged with five counts of resisting arrest and multiple drug charges. He also is charged with speeding, not having a license and a motor vehicle offense.

Scott said additional charges are possible. A lab is testing suspected cocaine powder found in the car as well as some suspected marijuana.

Cheswick police said Koch also is wanted for violated probation in Westmoreland County.

He was sent to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond.

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