Officials: Robert Robinson, of Inwood, had drugs in car when he fled traffic stop, struck a cop

Police say 26-year-old Robert Robinson is accused of injuring a police officer after he was allegedly caught with drugs in his car in Hempstead. (5/25/13)

HEMPSTEAD - An Inwood man is accused of injuring a police officer after he was allegedly caught with drugs in his car in Hempstead.

Police say 26-year-old Robert Robinson was spotted talking on a cellphone while driving without a hands-free device, and also switching lanes without signaling several times. When an officer pulled Robinson over, drugs were spotted in a clear plastic bag inside the vehicle.

Officials say that when Robinson was asked to exit his vehicle, he sped off, hitting the officer and a Jeep that was parked nearby. He later ditched his own car, a 1998 Buick, and fled on foot.

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Police caught up with him after an extensive manhunt, and they say they recovered bags of marijuana and cocaine that Robinson had allegedly tossed into a nearby driveway.

Robinson is now facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as numerous traffic law violations.

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