Passenger flees from car during Sterling traffic stop

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During a traffic stop made by the Sterling Police, a passenger fled from the car after a K-9 alerted police of illegal drugs.

A 2013 Ford vehicle was stopped around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 for failing to signal in the 200 block of West 11th Street. According to the Sterling Police Department, during the stop, the Rock Falls Police K-9 unit was called to the scene and found illegal drugs.

Shortly after, police say the passenger, 23-year-old Matthew Perales ran from the vehicle, heading west. Officers chased Perales for about one block and captured him in the 300 block of W. 11th St.

The Sterling Police Department says Perales was charged with being in possession of cannabis (30-500 grams), unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a peace officer.

The driver was cited for not having his license on him and was released with a notice to appear in Whiteside County Court.

Perales was taken to the Whiteside County Jail in Morrison awaiting a court appearance.