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Drexel Police Officer Awarded for Outstanding Arrest

Left to right:
Director of Police Operations, Edward Spangler, Police Officer Alexander Halstead, Patrol Captain Fred Carbonara

On March 16, Drexel University Police Officer Alex Halstead was formally recognized by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security International — an organization of security professionals — for the arrest of two males charged with narcotics, weapons, conspiracy and other related offenses that occurred in connection with a vehicle stop on August 28 last year.

While attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on the 3500 block of Spring Garden Street, the vehicle pulled over momentarily, then accelerated east on Spring Garden Street trying to elude the officer. Officer Halstead pursued the vehicle to the top of the entrance ramp of I-76 when the vehicle suddenly stopped and the driver, in an attempt to flee, exited the vehicle and leaped over the barrier falling approximately 40 feet onto Martin Luther King Drive. Officer Halstead then concentrated his attention on the male passenger, who was still inside the vehicle. Officer Halstead removed the passenger from the vehicle and observed an open duffel bag on the front seat containing what appeared to be a large quantity of marijuana. The passenger was found to be wearing an empty gun holster on his hip and both the driver and passenger were taken into custody.

A Search and Seizure warrant was obtained for the vehicle and officers recovered over two pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $10,000 along with a loaded .38 caliber handgun and a stun gun. Recovered from the driver was $4,262.

What began as a routine traffic stop quickly became anything but routine when the officer was confronted with two felons, one of which was armed with a handgun.