Man caught hiding drugs in back of Seattle Police caron August 16, 2012 @ 5:40 pm (Updated: 8:12 am - 8/18/12 )
Police arrested the 35-year-old man for selling drugs at the 1500 block of 2nd Avenue.
While being transported to a Seattle Police precinct, the suspect hid 23.9 grams of crack cocaine in the back seat in of the patrol vehicle.
"Depending on the situation, it's more prudent to quickly get the suspect into custody and get them handcuffed and in the back of the patrol car," explained Detective Renee Witt of why the suspect still had drugs on him. Police will often do this if a suspect is showing signs of violence.
The suspect threatened officers and then kicked the patrol car's left rear door, causing severe damage.
All of the suspect's actions were captured on in-car video footage because those police dash cams aren't just for filming what happens outside the vehicle.
"Whenever officers are transporting a suspect, they will turn the camera toward the back so that whatever is happening in back seat of the patrol car will be captured on video," said Witt.
The suspect was subsequently booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Control Substance Act - Possession With Intent to Sell, Investigation of Malicious Mischief, and Investigation of Harassment and for a Department of Corrections detainer.
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