A man who fled deputies on a bicycle and then tried to eat what could have been a lethal dose of meth has been released on time served after he entered pleas to four charges.
Christopher Ray Hughes, 36, was given an eight-year sentence, but released on 47 days time served. He was sentenced for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, evading arrest, introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution, and tampering with evidence.
Hughes was arrested in July, 2017 when he was misidentified as a man deputies wanted on outstanding warrants. Sheriff’s Sgt. Kelly Carter spotted him riding a bicycle and tried to stop him.
“He attempted to evade by going off the roadway into a field where he overturned his bicycle,” Carter reported.
At that point, it was discovered Hughes was not the person deputies were looking for. However, a search in the crime computer for Hughes revealed he was sought on outstanding warrants from Sumner County.
Hughes was arrested and taken to Warren County Jail. He was warned to surrender any drugs he had on his person. He maintained he didn’t have any illegal substances.
“During a search of his person at the jail, he pulled a plastic bag of meth from the back of his underwear and shoved it in his mouth in an attempt to destroy the evidence,” said Carter, noting officers had to struggle with Hughes to get the drugs out of his mouth.
The drugs were 9.08 grams of methamphetamine.