HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two New York men who had marijuana on them and attempted to escape police Monday afternoon during a motor vehicle stop have been arrested.  

After 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, narcotics detectives stopped a vehicle on Prospect and Poplar Avenues after police smelled the odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. As the driver, 24-year-old Marquis Fleming from Brooklyn, was ordered to exit the vehicle, the passenger, 27-year-old Gerard Russell, attempted to distract police when he ran off and tried to hide. At that point, Marquis slyly reentered the vehicle and attempted to drive away, but a police detective entered the vehicle through the passenger seat and prevented him from hitting the gas.

Meanwhile, a police detective and police officer spent 15 minutes searching for Russell, who cops eventually located hiding in a home’s backyard on Ross Avenue. Cops arrested Russell, who had marijuana on him, and charged him with possession of CDS, Obstruction of a Governmental Function and Resisting Arrest. 

A search of the vehicle yielded marijuana. Marquis, who also had marijuana on him, was charged with CDS possession and eluding. Additional charges, summonses and warrants are being considered.