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Man charged on drug offences after cops pull over car with bad plates

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A 23-year-old man is facing five charges and had $1,500 cash, 4.6 grams of cocaine and a cellular phone seized by Winnipeg police who stopped the vehicle he was driving on Wednesday night for bearing cancelled licence plates.

That arrest and seizure was part of the Winnipeg Police Service's high-visibility traffic enforcement project which focused that evening on Winnipeg's West End area.

Officers from Division 11 used an Automated Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) to assist in identifying possible Highway Traffic Act offences. There were 12 Provincial Offence Notices issued as part of the project.

At about 8 p.m. a black Pontiac Sunfire was signalled to pull over at a designated stopping area in the area of Maryland Street. The driver instead accelerated, drove over the curb, stopped on the sidewalk, jumped out and tried to flee the area on foot. After a brief struggle with officers, the man was taken into custody.

The man is facing charges of possessing substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession the proceeds of crime, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, driving imprudently and driving/towing an unregistered vehicle or trailer. He was released on a promise to appear.

Winnipeg police said similar high visibility traffic enforcements will be continuing throughout the city.

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Updated on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM CDT: Police pulled the man over Wednesday night.

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