A man who tried to eat the evidence was placed on probation for three years.
The defendant, Shawn Earl Edwards, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of attempted tampering with evidence and simple possession of drugs. He was placed on probation for three years and must pay $750 plus costs and perform 40 hours public service work.
Edwards was pulled over for not wearing his seatbelt. McMinnville Police Sgt. Ben Cantrell said he saw the suspect begin sticking things in his mouth as he slowly pulled over for the blue lights.
“I saw pink powder on the driver’s lips that appeared to be from the tablets he had inserted into his mouth,” Cantrell said in his warrant against Edwards.
Cantrell ordered Edwards to spit out the tablets that were still in his mouth.
“I saw chewed up pink tablets inside his mouth and pieces of the tablets all throughout the floorboard and seat of his vehicle,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell placed the suspect into custody and found hydrocodone tablets in his pants pocket. Faced with the evidence, Edwards admitted he tried to eat the evidence before the pills were found in his possession.
Edwards was granted a judicial diversion meaning he can have his criminal record erased provided he gets into no more trouble during his time on probation.