A Sweetwater man found a creative way to try and get out of drug charges Monday evening, according to police.
Sweetwater Officer Jarren Turpeinen said it was around 7 p.m. when he came upon a man sitting in a car on Murray’s Chapel Road in a motel parking lot. Turpeinen said he started speaking to the man, identified as Clinton Russell, and noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. The officer asked Russell to get out of the car and if he would mind doing some field sobriety tests.
According to Turpeinen, Russell was having trouble with one of the tests when he stopped and said he did not want to do it anymore. Russell then reportedly admitted he had smoked three “blunts” and told Turpeinen he could search the car.
Turpeinen said he found a black backpack. Inside the backpack was a green, leafy substance thought to be marijuana and a piece of tin foil.
The officer put those items on top of the car and bent back inside the vehicle to search some more only to see Russell grab the tinfoil, put it in his mouth and swallow it.
Turpeinen said he placed Russell under arrest and asked him what he had swallowed. Russell said it was marijuana but Turpeinen said he became delirious and unable to walk steadily, according to arrest warrants.
Russell was taken to Sweetwater Hospital Association, where he was later picked up by his girlfriend, who took him back to Motel 6. It was there that Officer Kelvin Franco picked him up around 12:30 a.m. the next day.
Russell, 33, was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.