Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Police: Man tries to eat marijuana during traffic stop

Delaware Online

A traffic stop this morning led to the arrest of a driver and her male passenger, police said, after he tried to gulp down nearly 10 grams of marijuana before officers handcuffed him.

The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on I-295 near U.S. 13, Delaware River and Bay Authority police spokesman Master Cpl. Joseph DiStefano said.

Officers stopped a gray Ford Escort, driven by Shalanda Robinson, 23, of Antlers Lane in Bear, for traveling across a solid line while attempting to merge on the off-ramp.

When Robinson opened her purse to get out her drivers license, the officer noticed a small bag of marijuana tucked in her handbag, DiStefano said.

As the officer talked with the woman, he noticed her passenger Steven Johnson, 24, of Jefferson Farms, stuff something into his mouth, police said. The substance was later identified as marijuana.

Johnson resisted the officer’s attempts to handcuff him and had to be subdued, police said. He did not require any medical treatment for ingesting the marijuana, police said

“The officers were able to get most of it out of his mouth,” DiStefano said. “From what they removed from his mouth and what had fallen out, it weighed 9.5 grams.”

Johnson was charged with resisting arrest, possession and consumption of marijuana, and hindering prosecution by destroying evidence.

Robinson was charged with possession of marijuana and a traffic offense.

No bail information was available.

By Terri Sanginiti


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