Rochester man who crashed into tree while fleeing police pleads guilty

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Rochester, N.Y. – A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges.

Phillip Taylor, 28, faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a possible fine of $2,000,000 at his sentencing, which is scheduled for September. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Taylor was arrested following an investigation on Anderson Avenue in Rochester after police received a report of a person dropping a handgun in a parking lot. At the scene, officers saw Taylor get into a vehicle. When they tried to speak with him, he drove off – coming within inches of a responding officer and hitting a nearby brick structure. Taylor later struck a tree and took off on foot before being apprehended. Police found a loaded handgun, more than $700 in cash and cocaine on his person.

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