This article was originally published on by Tim Hahn on Aug. 20, 2017

Officers said they also found suspected crack cocaine when the man was caught after crashing the car Saturday morning.

Erie police have charged a city man with having a stolen car, fleeing from officers and possessing suspected crack cocaine following a pursuit on the city’s east side early Saturday morning.

Depree D. Moss, 18, remained in the Erie County Prison Sunday afternoon on $25,000 bond following his arraignment by Erie 6th Ward District Judge Dominick DiPaolo on charges including receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving under suspension and possession of crack cocaine.

Police charge that officers on patrol spotted a Toyota Camry that was reported stolen and attempted to stop it in the 600 block of Brandes Street on Saturday at about 2:45 a.m. The driver, identified by police as Moss, sped off traveling south on Brandes Street and went through four stop signs before losing control of the vehicle at East 12th Street and crashing it through a Penelec guide wire, over a cement barrier and into a fence at Accuride Erie on East 12th Street, according to information in the criminal complaint.

Moss and a passenger ran off. Moss was located minutes later hiding in a small wooded area behind a residence in the 1000 block of East 11th Street. Located next to him was a small baggie of suspected crack cocaine, officers wrote in the complaint.