Authorities in Florida say a drug arrest led to a bizarre case of property destruction when the suspect began ripping up the backseat of a police cruiser with his teeth.
According to Fox News, police officers arrested 37-year-old on suspicion of possessing more than 40 grams of cocaine and resisting arrest following a traffic stop on Thursday.
Officers determined he already had an active arrest warrant for a probation violation related to a previous cocaine distribution charge.
Upon his arrest, officers placed him in the squad car and soon noticed he had “chewed off and/or eaten” a “large piece” of the seat, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office statement.
“Sgt. Mark Jones and Deputy George Zakariadze were conducting traffic enforcement near Mile Marker 59 about 10 p.m. when they saw a white BMW traveling south on U.S. 1 with what appeared to be very dark, illegal window tinting,” the law enforcement statement read. “The deputies stopped the BMW. The driver was identified as Stubbs. Sgt. Jones used a tint meter and found the windows were too dark. Deputy Zakariadze went to his patrol car to write a warning for the window tint when he was notified Stubbs had a warrant for violating probation stemming from cocaine sales.”
Reports allege he also forcefully kicked the passenger’s side rear door of the vehicle.
The incident is estimated to have resulted in about $1,000 worth of damage.
Police reportedly transported him to an area hospital for observation, at which point they were forced to place him in foot restraints to prevent his continued combativeness.
After medical staff cleared him for release, officers transported him to jail where he was booked into custody. He is expected to face criminal charges including property damage in addition to the initial counts related to the alleged drug possession.
[Featured image: Melvin Stubbs, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office]