Maryland Natural Resources Police Arrest Men For Heroin Possession Following Brief Chase

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Maryland Natural Resources Police arrest and charge two men with possession of drug paraphernalia and heroin Wednesday.

An officer on patrol in Harford County observed a vehicle driving on the shoulder of the road to avoid a traffic jam, passing the police cruiser. The driver briefly pulled over for the officer, before driving away. The vehicle stopped about a mile down the road, according to the report.

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Officers learned that the vehicle had an invalid temporary Delaware tag and was unregistered. The passenger was in possession of heroin and a search of the vehicle turned up drug paraphernalia.

The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Joseph Francis Vanderwiele of Abingdon, and passenger, 24-year-old Kevin Tyler Brooks of Bel Air, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and heroin.

In addition to those charges, Vanderwiele was charged with negligent and reckless driving, driving off the roadway to pass a vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, operating an unregistered vehicle and failing to stop at a red light.

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