Police: Man Tries To Elude Cops By Eating Evidence
A Gainesville man is behind bars Sunday after police say he tried to digest some evidence.
Gainesville police said they were attempting to pull over Joel Smith, 24, in the Pheonix neighborhood because of an inoperable head light.
Smith then tried to elude the officers, but he eventually stopped, police said.
Officers said they smelled marijuana around Smith and saw traces of it on his shirt. Smith told officers he didn't stop at first because of a suspended license and he ate the pot to get rid of the evidence, according to police.
"Anytime you tamper with evidence, whether it's destroying it or throwing it away, altering or changing it, it's considered an obstruction and a felony," Lt. Allan Willis said. "Had Mr. Smith stopped and got arrested for driving on a suspended license and got charged with a possession of cannibas, it would have been a misdemeanor charge."
Smith is charged with tampering with evidence and possession of less than 20 grams of Cannabis.
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