The mayor and former police chief of a northern New York town was arrested on drug charges after an undercover drug operation, authorities said.
Timmy Currier, the mayor of Massena, threw a gram of crack cocaine out of his car window before his arrest Tuesday, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The sheriff’s office said Currier kept driving when deputies first tried to pull his car over at about 12:30 p.m. Currier, who is 55, drove for about a third of a mile before throwing the drugs out of his car and stopping, the authorities said.
Video footage of the incident quickly went viral —
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Currier was arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and failure to comply with a police officer. He was arraigned virtually and will appear in court at a later date.
A woman who answered the phone at the Currier home on Wednesday declined to comment, according to The Associated Press.
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Currier served as the police chief in Massena, near the Canadian border, for more than two decades. He was elected mayor as a Democrat in 2014 and was reelected in 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this article