Santos case to go to trial

One of the officers who helped nab Chris Santos testified in a preliminary hearing yesterday about the moments that allegedly preceded the well-known fugitive’s capture.

The officer said she was one of four passengers, which included two United States marshals, when she spotted Santos fleeing from an officer in “foot pursuit.” That’s when the four officials got out of the car to join the chase that yielded his arrest on March 29.

Moments later, a U.S. marshal shot Santos with a non-lethal bean bag and then used a taser to subdue him and officials then allegedly confiscated 3.9 grams of methamphetamine from his slightly open fanny pack.

Though Santos’ defense attorney brought into question whether the scale police used to measure the methamphetamine was properly calibrated, Fifth District Judge Trudy Senda said the case was to determine probable cause for a trial.

The 3.9 grams of methamphetamine police said they found on Santos is over the minimum threshold for second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Bridges.

Santos also faces possession of drug paraphernalia, fourth degree criminal property damage, reckless driving, resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle and unauthorized control of a motor vehicle.

Santos’s trial is set for 8:30 a.m. April 17 in Courtroom 6.

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