Man Allegedly Tries to Snort Coke During Traffic Stop

'Are you kidding?'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2015 3:59 PM CST

"Are you kidding? You're about to snort coke on the side of the road?" A routine traffic stop on Tuesday in Seattle ended with one poor police officer getting increasingly incredulous after the 73-year-old man he pulled over allegedly tried to snort some coke in the middle of their interaction, the Seattle Times reports. According to the police, officer Nic Abts-Olsen pulled the man over for driving without his lights on and was about to let him off with a warning when the man started removing some cocaine from a small vial.

Easily caught in the act, the man claimed the white powder was "vitamins" before fessing up and complimenting the officer's "keen detection skills," according to police. "What would possess you to do that during a traffic stop with a police officer right behind you? I just don't understand," a frustrated Abts-Olsen can be heard asking on his dashcam video. "I don't understand it either," the man replies. The man was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. (More weird crimes stories.)

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