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Manchester Police Say Drug Hauling Biker Tried To Flee, Failed

A motorcyclist carrying cocaine, cash and drug packaging material tried to flee from police at a speed enforcement checkpoint Thursday, but ended up losing control of the bike, police said.

Zachary Apt, 26, was not seriously injured, police said. Apt was arrested on charges that included possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and interfering with police. He was held on bail of $25,000

Police had set up the checkpoint on Buckland Hills Drive by the entrance to the Target store. At 4:45 p.m., the officer assigned as a spotter reported a person on a motorycle with no license plate heading westbound at 54 mph in the 30 mph zone.

Sgt. Marc Hughes wrote in the report that he stopped all westbound traffic so the motorcyclist, later identified as Apt, would be forced to stop. Hughes wrote that he walked up the double yellow line past a line of stopped cars, staring directly at Apt and making a hand motion directing him to stop.

"As I got close, Apt took off at a high rate of speed westbound and cut to his left, entering the eastbound lane," Hughes wrote. "Still looking at me, he failed to notice an oncoming motorist. Apt had to turn hard to avoid a collision and ended up dumping his motorcycle."

He was arrested without incident and declined medical attention for a minor ankle injury, police said. In his pants pocket, police found 37 grams of cocaine, Hughes wrote. In Apt's backpack, police found a grinding device with cocaine residue, small plastic bags, a digital scale and a bottle of "super lactose," which is used to dilute cocaine, police said.

Apt, who was listed as living in Manchester, but homeless, also had $3,228 in his pants pocket, a roll that included 32 $100 bills, police said.

"He later told me that he recently lost his job," Hughes wrote.

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