A Dutchess County man is accused of not stopping in a fallen tree zone and then tossing cocaine outside of his car.

On Thursday, New York State Police from Poughkeepsie charged 26-year-old Bryan K. Roe of Pleasant Valley with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, felonies.

Around 1 a.m. Thursday, troopers were dispatched by Dutchess County 911 to a roadway obstruction on Route 82 in the area of Salt Point Turnpike. A northbound pick-up truck was directed to stop for police as they removed a fallen tree from the roadway. The vehicle failed to stop and struck the obstruction, police say

Authorities found the truck on Sisters Hill Road and conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the pick-up truck, Roe, was allegedly observed throwing a plastic bag from the driver’s side window of the vehicle just prior to stopping for police.

An investigation revealed that the bag contained cocaine, officials say.

Roe was arraigned in the Town of Pleasant Valley Court before and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due to appear in the Town of Stanford Court at a later date and time.

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