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Police: South Windsor Man Fled Traffic Stop to Avoid Arrest

A local man now faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a traffic stop early Tuesday.

After eluding officers on a traffic stop, a local man turned himself in to South Windsor police Tuesday morning and now faces a litany of charges, including resisting arrest.

According to police, Joseph Dominic Citino, 19, of 133 Cliffwood Drive, was pulled over at 5 a.m. this morning after allegedly running through a stop sign on Deming Street at Ridge Road.

During the traffic stop, an officer detected a strong odor of un-burnt marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment of the Nissan that Citino was driving, according to police.  

The driver, police said, was unable to provide a license, registration or valid insurance card and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an open bottle of vodka, an illegal knife, a quantity of marijuana and the driver’s wallet.

The wallet contained two fake driver’s licenses, each with an altered birthdate, police say.

Citino subsequently resisted arrest, according to police, and fled into a field and eluded the pursuing officers, one of whom sustained minor injuries during the foot pursuit.  

Citino surrendered himself at the police station later Tuesday morning and was arrested and charged with failure to carry registration, failure to carry insurance card, failure to carry license, failure to obey stop sign, forgery in the second degree (two counts), carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, interfering with an officer and resisting arrest, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, and possession of alcohol by an underage person.  

Citino is being held on a $50,000 surety bond for arraignment in Manchester Superior Court.

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