A 73-year-old man was pulled over for a routine traffic offense in Seattle the other day: driving without his lights on. Things went considerably worse than they should have when the man reportedly tried to snort a little cocaine right in front of the officer.

Seattle Police Officer Nic Abts-Olsen was prepared to the elderly man go with a warning because of his clean driving record, however, that’s when he saw the man scoop into a glass vial of cocaine. Startled when the officer came back to his window, the man fumbled the vial and spilled its snow-white contents in his car.

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Making matters worse is the fact that the man tried to brush it off like a second grader who’d just been caught stealing extra cookies by their mother.

“What’s in your left hand?” asked Abts-Olsen.

“Nothing,” the man replied

Show me what’s in your left hand,” the officer demanded.

The driver tried to claim he had vitamin pills, but then said “I know!” after the officer (correctly) pointed out that white powder looks nothing like a vitamin pill.

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Instead of getting let off with a warning, the man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for possession of narcotics.

[H/T Sean Crawford!]

Screenshot via SPD Blotter YouTube


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