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Mesa man faces charges including drugs, impersonating

Prescott police booked Benjamin L. Short, 26, of Mesa on Friday into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of criminal impersonating, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant, after he allegedly ran from officers, lied about his identity and was found in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

At 6 p.m. an officer answered a call to help a detective who called for assistance on stop of three people near Miller Valley and Iron Springs roads.

While the detective detained a man who had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, the officer spoke with the other two men, according to the police report.

One man handed the officer his driver's license, but the man later identified as Short, gave the officer a fake name, date of birth and social security number, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

When the officer told the man later identified as Short, that he would detain him until he could figure out who he was, Short ran and the officer chased him on foot, ordering him to stop several times, Reinhardt said.

The officer tried to take Short to the ground but couldn't, and Short continued to fight the officer and another who arrived to help, according to the police report. The officer fired his taser, but he and the other officer still struggled to get Short's hands behind his back so the officer fired his taser a second time, and Short immediately put his hands behind his back and was handcuffed.

The officer searched Short, found a black bag in the pocket of his shorts, and found an Altoid metal tin with a black tar like ball the officer knew to be heroin and a small baggie with a crystal-like substance the officer knew to be methamphetamine, according to the police report.

The officer also found three syringes, a metal spoon, cotton ball, Q-tip, tweezers, a metal pipe and rolling papers in the pouch, according to the police report.

The other officer later identified Short, and learned he had an outstanding felony warrant for a parole violation out of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Editor's Note - Information supplied by the Prescott Police Department.

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