Man eats drug evidence, runs from deputies

July 27, 2018

A Pontiac man stopped by authorities for driving on a suspended license on Tuesday, July 3, was arrested after swallowing suspected drugs during a search and attempting to run from sheriff's deputies near Marketplace Circle and Adams Road in Rochester Hills.

An Oakland County sheriff's deputy in the parking lot of the nearby Meijer store noticed a 2004 Mazda with an improper plate leaving the area. The license plate revealed the owner of the vehicle had several suspensions on his driver's license. The deputy then conducted a traffic stop, at which point the driver was identified as the owner of the vehicle.

The deputy informed the driver he was being detained due to his driving with a suspended license, and began a search of the driver. During the search, the deputy located a ball the size of a pill wrapped in tissue paper next to the man's wallet. After placing the tissue on the vehicle, the driver allegedly grabbed the contents, swallowed it and attempted to run from the deputy.

The man was quickly tackled by the deputy and taken to the ground, handcuffed and placed under arrest. The driver, 38, of Pontiac, was taken to the Oakland County Jail on suspicion of attempting to resist and obstruct a peace officer. The vehicle was impounded.

The man told deputies the tissue contained Tylenol.

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