SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Teachers and students watched a suspect being taken down and arrested on drug charges after he ran away from deputies during a traffic stop.
On Wednesday, March 28, two detectives with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit pulled over a white Ford car near 7th Street and Denman Avenue in Sierra Vista, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
The driver, 39-year-old Priscilla Silva, had a suspended driver's license. The passenger, 32-year-old Ricardo Vasquez, allegedly told the detectives he had drug paraphernalia in the car.
When they got out of the vehicle, Vasquez took off running towards the Center for Academic Success school at the corner of 7th Street and Carmelita and detectives chased after him, the news release said. Vasquez jumped on the school's fence and tried to climb into the school playground which was full of children and teachers at the time.
Detectives said they were able to get him off the fence before he was able to get onto school property and that he continued to fight with them before they were eventually able to get him under arrest.
Vasquez was booked into the Cochise County Jail on various drug charges, including possession of dangerous drugs in a school zone and resisting arrest.