WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Port Chester man is facing felony drug charges after being stopped for traffic violations while driving on I-287 over the weekend.
State police said Tuesday that Edwin Ortiz, 25, was found to be operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol while in possession of cocaine and muscle relaxers when he was stopped on the interstate early on Sunday morning.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, state police said they stopped Ortiz’s vehicle on I-287 for multiple violations. During the subsequent traffic stop, police determined that he was under the influence and in possession of cocaine, marijuana and numerous Tizandine Hydrochloride (a muscle relaxer) pills.
According to police, after being taken into custody, Ortiz refused to submit to a blood draw or breath test to determine the drugs or alcohol in his system. He was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance for the muscle relaxers and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Ortiz was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
Ortiz was arraigned in the Town of Harrison Court and released after posting $1,000 cash bail. He is due back in court later this year.