A man was arrested early Monday after he allegedly ran because he had a bag of syringes on him.

Sweetwater Police Officer Kelvin Franco said it was around 3:30 a.m. when he saw a vehicle run a stop sign on Patton Street and then take off at a high rate of speed down Monroe Street.

Franco said he went after the car and followed it to a house on Monroe Street, where the driver jumped out and took off on foot.

The officer jumped out and gave chase, soon catching a man he identified as Nathan Henderson. Franco said when he asked Henderson why he ran, Henderson said he was scared because he had a “bag of syringes” on him.

Franco said he read Henderson his rights and asked him if there was anything illegal in his car. Henderson said not that he knew of and told the officer he could search it.

Upon searching the car, however, Franco said officers found a plastic bottle with a substance thought to be meth under the passenger seat.

Franco said he then found the syringes Henderson had mentioned behind the house, where Henderson had allegedly tossed them.

Henderson, 29, Monroe Street, Sweetwater, was arrested and charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest.

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