A man stopped on Route 17 west of Binghamton struggled with police who tried to take him into custody as rush-hour motorists drove past the scene.

Authorities say 27-year-old Daontay Stephenson of Endwell was a passenger in a car pulled over around 6 p.m. Wednesday on the expressway in Johnson City.

Several members of the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force were involved in the traffic stop.

Detective Sergeant Matt Cower said Stephenson struggled briefly with police on the shoulder of the highway. He had an asthma attack and was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton to be evaluated.

Investigators then executed a search warrant at an apartment on Hooper Road in Endwell. As a result of the traffic stop and the search, police confiscated heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Stephenson faces several charges, including criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was arraigned and ordered held at Broome County Jail.

The driver of the car, 31-year-old Marissa Rogers of Binghamton, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was issued an appearance ticket for Union town court.

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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