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    Worcester man arrested on drug charges after getting stuck in traffic

    A Worcester man who allegedly sold cocaine out of his car was arrested after he got stuck in traffic Tuesday morning, according to police.

    Okena Smith, 33, was charged with operating a motor vehicle as to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, and distribution of cocaine, Worcester police said in a statement.

    Officers watched what they believed to be a drug transaction around 11 a.m., when a man entered Smith’s car in a parking lot near 23 Sunderland Road, then drove away in a Jeep Cherokee, police said.


    After stopping the man to confirm he had purchased cocaine from Smith, officers approached Smith in a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Cohasset and Warner streets.

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    When Smith saw the officers, he “accelerated his Toyota around the undercover vice vehicles and sped off,” the statement said. An officer “tried to intercept Mr. Smith but he maneuvered around him and ignored the cruiser’s emergency lights by refusing to stop.”

    Smith was arrested after his car got caught in heavy traffic, police said. Officers seized drugs from the sale and $393 in cash.

    The driver of the Jeep will be summoned to court for possession of a Class B substance on a future date.

    Smith is scheduled be arraigned Wednesday at the Worcester County District Court.

    Follow Amanda Kaufman on Twitter @amandakauf1.