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Fugitive flees police, later found drinking beer in bedroom

• Apr 14, 2019 at 10:00 PM

NEW LONDON — A village resident was arrested on several charges Friday evening following a foot pursuit that ended when he was found drinking a beer in a house.

His mother also was charged.

New London police officers on patrol saw Donald S. Adams Jr. sitting outside of his residence at 35 Westwood Drive just after 8 p.m., Lt. Joe Hicks said. The officers knew there was an arrest warrant for the 34-year-old man, but when they went to approach him, Adams ran inside the house. 

The officers knocked on the door and made contact with Adams’ mother, Edna Adams, who stated her son was not there, the police report stated.

“I said I knew he was here; I’d just seen him,” Hicks said. After explaining she would be charged if Adams didn’t come out, the mother asked for a couple minutes and closed the door, leaving Hicks standing outside for “several minutes, knocking,” he said.

When the woman opened the door again, she explained her son didn’t want to come out of the house, the lieutenant said. However, Hicks saw Adams standing behind his mother.

When Hicks entered the house to arrest Adams, the man escaped through a window.

A foot pursuit ensued for about five minutes, going through West Washburn, East Main and Hooker streets. Hicks then saw Adams enter a home on Lincoln Street. When police entered the home, they found Adams drinking a beer in the back bedroom, the report stated.

Adams again refused to be arrested, forcing the officers to “take him to the ground because he wasn’t being compliant,” Hicks said.

“He was still trying to consume an alcoholic beverage while I was trying to get the cuffs on him,” he added. “That was different. And then he ended up getting sick several times before getting in the (police cruiser).”

Adams was transported to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, where he remained Sunday evening. In addition to the original charge of petty theft, Adams was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

His mother was issued a criminal summons for obstructing official business.

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