Cops: Man gulped pot to avoid detection after traffic stop
FAIRFIELD — A Vermont Avenue man tried to eat marijuana he had in his possession following a traffic stop last Friday night, police said.
Daniel Chis, 26, was charged with tampering with evidence, interfering with an officer and possession of marijuana after police received a call from a witness around 8:20 p.m. Friday, reporting a white Nissan was being driven erratically on Burr Street.
The driver, the caller said, was stopping for no reason, and would then speed up and crossed the road’s double-yellow traffic line.
Officers stopped Chis on Round Hill Road, and said they saw him reaching across the passenger seat several times, as if trying to hide something. When asked why he had been driving erratically, Chis allegedly said he “plays a lot of video games” and “needed to test the suspension, since it was raining.” There was an odor of burnt marijuana in the car, according to the report, and the end of a burnt marijuana cigarette was found in the car, according to the report.
Chis denied having any contraband in the car, but police said they found 2.59 grams of marijuana in the center console, and more pot fell out of his sleeve and onto the ground. The officer said he saw green leafy particles on Chis’ lips, according to the report. He was told to open his mouth, but refused and began chewing. After a second refusal to open his mouth, the officer forced Chis’ mouth open, while Chis continued to try and chew up the marijuana.
He was released on a promise to appear May 26 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.