BRADENTON -- A convicted drug dealer was arrested Tuesday after he ran from officers making a traffic stop -- and left behind his cocaine -- Tuesday afternoon, according to Bradenton police.
About 3 p.m., officers with the Casual Clothes Unit conducting surveillance in response to a recent spate of burglaries near the 2000 block of 12th Street West, spotted a suspicious vehicle. When the driver, later identified as Patrick Dunbar, committed a traffic violation, officers made a stop, according to a police report.
"Upon stopping the vehicle the driver deployed his taser in an attempt to stop Mr. Dunbar; however only one probe made contact with him," the report states.
Eventually, officers arrested Dunbar inside a residence in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue West. The home was unoccupied at the time, police said.
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Dunbar was later treated for a minor injury to his ear, which had been struck by the taser, police said.
Dunbar, who police said is on federal probation for sale of cocaine, faces charges of possession of cocaine, burglary, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. He is being held on bonds totaling $11,000.
Federal probation officials also have been advised of his arrest, police said.