Terryville man allegedly drives off from weapon-drawn police

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:43


PLAINVILLE - A Terryville man was arrested Thursday and accused of selling drugs in Bristol and Plainville, where he allegedly nearly struck two officers trying to get away from police who had surrounded his vehicle in January.

Antwain Berry, 26, of 431 South Main St., Terryville, has been accused of selling drugs twice in Bristol and trying to sell someone 100 bags of heroin and fentanyl in Plainville in January, according to court documents. No information about the Bristol sales, which also allegedly occurred in January, was available, as the warrants in those cases have been sealed.

According to the warrant in Berry’s Plainville arrest, police allege he drove to Duval Lane on Jan. 15 to meet with someone to sell them 100 bags of heroin or fentanyl - worth $400. Shortly after seeing a white van arrive, police surrounded the vehicle with their guns drawn, including one officer who was armed with a long gun.

Police told the driver to show his hands and get out of the van, but he instead shifted it into gear and drove away very quickly, nearly striking two police officers, the warrant said. Police tried to follow the van, but it was driving so fast that they lost sight of it.

No injuries were reported.

Police believe the person driving the van was Berry, who allegedly goes by the street name “Tweez,” court papers said.

In another of Berry’s arrests Thursday, he was allegedly found on Jan. 4 with 1.6 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale with cocaine residue on it and a number of elastic bands - commonly used to package drugs - outside a home on South Main Street, according to court papers. Police were called to the home after Berry’s friend mistook it for another home, court documents said.

Berry faces charges of attempted sale of a narcotic substance, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating under suspension, possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than a half ounce of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of sale of a narcotic substance.

He is being held on $40,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 15.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Terryville on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:43. Updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 20:46.