A man who tried to swallow his marijuana when he was pulled over has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.
The man, Charles D. Merriman, 37, entered guilty pleas on charges of evading arrest and domestic assault. The charge of evidence tampering was dismissed as part of his agreement.
His jail time comes after he tried to run from the law on Meiser Lane. Deputy Jared Jacobs said he saw Merriman’s Ford Ranger driving in an erratic manner and drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic. The deputy said Merriman was trying to get rid of evidence as he continued fleeing from the lawman.
“He was observed reaching out the driver side window and crumpling something in his hand in an effort to destroy the substance,” Jacobs recalled of the 10 a.m. chase through the populated subdivision.
The deputy stayed behind the suspect for about half a mile before he pulled over at On the Way Market on Smithville Highway.
“Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver was observed to be in the process of consuming what appeared to be marijuana,” Jacobs said, noting he hurried to prevent the suspect from swallowing the evidence. “I was able to have him spit the substance out of his mouth.”