A 19-year-old Connecticut man fled police pursuit through Orleans County towns driving over 120 mph

A 19-year-old Connecticut man, who traffics fentanyl and was in possession of $8,000 in cash and a scale used to portion drugs on Wednesday, fled police pursuit through Orleans County towns driving over 120 mph.

Raquan Knight, of Hartford, Conn., pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless driving, eluding law enforcement, possession of cocaine, fentanyl trafficking, cannabis possession, unlawful restraint and possession of a narcotic. He appeared from a video conference room at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport where he was lodged after state police took him into custody.

Police first reported contact with a car he would later identify as the one Knight was driving that failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Newport City just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Dodge Charger failed to stop for the trooper. The trooper noted heavy traffic the car was swerving around and that it passed busy shopping centers and near pedestrians on the side of the road. The trooper pursued the vehicle on Route 191 but then backed off when it reached Derby and radioed for other law enforcement personnel to be on the lookout for the car.

Another trooper responded and reported seeing the car traveling southbound on I91 “traveling in excess of 122 MPH.”