Man gets 3 years on crack plea

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JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville motorist found by police last winter with crack cocaine pre-packaged for sale will be sentenced to three years in state prison.

Lamar Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court before Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controller substance.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive three years in state prison as part of a plea arrangement. He is also slated to receive two years of post-release supervision, and his driver’s license will be suspended.

Sumpter was arrested Feb. 8 by Gloversville police. He faced charges after he was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and refusing to pull over for officers while driving. He was charged with two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to comply.

Officers said that while conducting a followup on a separate case, they encountered Sumpter leaving a city residence where the occupants were known to be involved in the purchase and sale of narcotics. Members of the police detective division then contacted members of the patrol division and asked for their help. Patrol officers saw Sumpter driving in the area of North Main Street and Eighth Avenue and attempted a traffic stop on Sumpter.

During the attempt, police said Sumpter failed to comply with them.

With police following with their emergency lights activated, Sumpter continued east on East Eighth Avenue, south on Helwig Street and west onto Fifth Avenue, where he ultimately pulled into a driveway, officers said.

Police said Sumpter then refused to exit the vehicle and officers saw him stuff something under a seat cushion on the driver’s seat.

Ultimately, Sumpter exited the vehicle, and was taken into custody.

Officers then located a quantity of crack cocaine, packaged for sale, which Sumpter had attempted to conceal. Sumpter also had 16 suspensions on his driver’s license, police said.

By Chad Fleck

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