By Jeff Awtrey - email
HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Huntington Police say a Lufkin man, worried about getting in trouble for holding a marijuana joint, swallowed the evidence after telling the officer he was going to do that very thing.
According to Chief Steven Sifford, an officer conducted a traffic stop early Wednesday morning with three occupants of the vehicle. The officer reported the vehicle had run a stop sign. The officer handcuffed the driver and one of the passengers. When he approached Marty Ray Evans, 45, he said Evans quickly put his left hand behind his back. Fearing he may have a weapon, the officer pulled out his gun and asked him what he had, the report states.
The report states Evans then tried to put it in his pocket, so the officer holstered his gun and asked him what he was putting in his pocket.
"Nothing now," the report quotes Evans as saying. "Now I'm going to swallow it!"
The officer tried to stop Evans from swallowing what he had but was not successful. The report states the officer grabbed Evans and pulled his left hand behind his back but saw nothing was in it.
"Too late I already swallowed it," the report quoted Evans as saying.
The report states the officer asked Evans what he swallowed and Evans said "a joint."
Sifford said the officer thanked the other two occupants for cooperating and released them. He then told Evans that if he had just provided him with the joint when he asked, he would have only have been charged with a Class C misdemeanor. Instead, he is charged with the felony of tampering with evidence.