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Deputy injured after Canandaigua man flees after drug bust; two arrested on felony charges

Two people are in custody and a deputy was sent to an area hospital after a drug bust this week in Canandaigua.

Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth announced the arrest of 49-year-old Howard Hill, of Canandaigua, and 37year-old John Dray Carter, of Rochester.

Hedworth says both were arrested as result of a joint-investigation conducted by three police agencies in Ontario County – including the Geneva and Canandaigua Police Departments, as well as the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.

The two were charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance, and said that the arrests took place on February 6th around 5:36 p.m. when the two allegedly sold crack cocaine on Adelaide Avenue.

When officers attempted to take Hill into custody – he fled the scene on foot. Members of the Canandaigua Police Department, along with Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies, Geneva Police Officers, and State Police all searched the area for Hill.



They say he attempted to force his way into a residence, and ultimately jumped out of a window. Hill fell to the ground and attempted to flee again but was taken into custody.

Police say a deputy was injured during the incident and was taken by ambulance to F.F. Thompson Hospital.

They also say Hill was charged additionally with second-degree burglary and second-degree assault. As result of him jumping through a window at that residence – Hill was transported to Thompson Hospital, as well.

Carter was taken into custody without incident.

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