Cops: Man sent to hospital after swallowing bag of meth

A North Carolina man is sent to the ICU after ingesting approximately one gram of methamphetamine.

According to a report on file with the Clayton Police Department, late Thursday night, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a broken windshield driven by Randy Short of Whittier, North Carolina.

Assistant Chief of the Clayton Police Department Andy Strait said the officer smelled suspected marijuana and asked Short, who was repeatedly putting his hands into his pockets, to step out of the vehicle.

“The driver continued to shove his hands in his pockets and for officers safety, he was told not to do that,” said Strait. “The driver did it once more, and the officer noticed a baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine drop from the driver’s hand.”

Strait said that the officer turned to deal with the vehicle’s passenger, and the bag of methamphetamine was gone.

“The driver of the vehicle, while handcuffed, had turned around and apparently ingested the bag of methamphetamine that was on the truck of the car.”

Rabun County EMS responded, and Short was transported to the ICU at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was picked up and transported to the Rabun County Detention Center once he recovered.