LOWELL -- A 34-year-old city man with a prior masked armed robbery conviction was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday after leading Lowell police on a car chase through downtown Lowell when officers suspected him of drug dealing.
As officers were chasing Hector A. Jimenez, he was allegedly seen tossing items out of his car. But when officers went to retrieve the items, which they suspected were drugs, they couldn't find anything.
In Lowell District Court Thursday, Jimenez, of 30 Burlington Ave., unit 2, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to stop for police and resisting arrest.
Noting that Jiminez was only charged with motor-vehicle offenses in this latest case, prosecutor James Puritz asked for $1,000 cash bail citing Jimenez's state prison sentence for masked armed robbery for the 2008 robbery of a Lowell bank.
According to court documents, Lowell Police's Special Investigations Section was Middlesex Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday looking for a silver car suspected in drug activity.
At around 11 p.m., police spotted a gray Dodge and tried to stop the vehicle on Pawtucket Street. Instead, police allege Jimenez allegedly hit the gas and lead police on a high-speed chase through stop signs through the downtown area. At the intersection of Hovey Street and Clark Road, a detective thought he saw items being thrown from the Dodge.
Cruisers were able to stop the Dodge in front of 901 Andover St. With guns drawn, police were trying to arrest Jimenez when he began to resist. He was subdued and handcuffs.
Police say a search of the Dodge yielded no drugs or drug paraphernalia. Jiminez had $1,180 in cash on him and no valid license.
No drugs or other paraphernalia were found in the area where officers thought they saw Jimenez throw items out of his car.