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Wanted Racine man facing drug charges after fleeing deputy
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Wanted Racine man facing drug charges after fleeing deputy

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RACINE — A Racine man, who already had a warrant for his arrest, is facing charges for additional drug crimes after he allegedly fled from police Friday night and dropped a bag of cocaine in the process.

Skyler Thomas, 27, of the 1700 block of Park Avenue, was charged on Monday with felony possession of narcotic drugs, as a repeat offender, and misdemeanor obstructing an officer, also as a repeat offender.

According to the criminal complaint:

At about 6:15 p.m. Friday, a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy began following a white Ford Focus at 14th Street and Wisconsin Avenue after being informed that Thomas might be inside the vehicle. The deputy also was informed that the vehicle contained a large amount of cocaine and possibly a handgun.

As the deputy followed the vehicle, it pulled to the curb and Thomas, the driver, quickly exited. The deputy said that Thomas looked at him and then began to run.

Another deputy brought his K-9, which performed an open-air sniff around the vehicle which reportedly indicated the presence of narcotics within it. There were three adult passengers and a toddler in the vehicle.

The K-9 then tracked Thomas, locating his cellphone and a plastic bag containing a white substance about 2 feet from the phone. The bag reportedly contained 0.4 grams of a white substance that later tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

One of the deputies headed to a residence in the 1030 block of Wisconsin Avenue after one of the vehicle’s passengers said that’s where they were headed. During a search of that residence, the deputy reportedly found Thomas hiding under a bed.

Thomas allegedly told the deputy that he fled after seeing the deputy make a U-turn behind him because Thomas knew there were warrants for his arrest. When asked about the cocaine, Thomas allegedly said he bumped into two guys while running and the drugs must have belonged to them.

Thomas had a warrant for his arrest due to a felony charge of manufacture/delivery of cocaine and a felony charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

He was charged after a confidential informant allegedly purchased a bag from Thomas in May 2017 that later tested positive for cocaine.

A preliminary hearing for Thomas is set for 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 for the charges against Thomas.

As of Monday evening, Thomas was still in the Racine County Jail and was being held on $5,335 bond.

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