Man convicted in  heroin, cocaine case

PETERBOROUGH — A 24-year-old Peterborough man who fled from police when they tried to arrest him for driving with a suspended license was found guilty earlier this month on charges of possession of heroin and possession of crack cocaine.

Alan Wheeler, 24, was sentenced on Aug. 7 to 11∕2 to 4 years in prison and fined $500 on a charge of possession of heroin. Wheeler was sentenced to 31∕2 to 7 years, suspended for five years, on a charge of possession of crack cocaine. He was also fined $500 on the cocaine charge.

In addition, Wheeler was found guilty of resisting arrest and driving after suspension. He was sentenced to one year in jail on each of those charges, with the sentences concurrent with the possession of heroin charge, and fined $500.

The charges stemmed from a May 8 incident, in which Sgt. Richard Nelson of the Peterborough Police Department went to River View Apartments and attempted to arrest Wheeler for driving after suspension. According to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard, a struggle ensued and Wheeler ran into the woods behind the nearby Harborside Nursing Home. Nelson chased him down and took him into custody after a short pursuit.

Police found heroin on Wheeler after he was arrested. After getting a search warrant for the van Wheeler was driving, police found drug paraphernalia inside.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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