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73-year-old man snorts cocaine during traffic stop in front of police officers

By Mason White 1:14 PM December 6, 2015
Officers pulling over the 73-year-old man 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was arrested on a charge of drug possession after allegedly snorting cocaine during a traffic stop in front of police officers, police in Washington said.

Seattle police said that they have arrested the 73-year-old man, who was not identified, after driving without headlights and snorting cocaine on the side of the road.

He was charged with one count of drug possession, and was booked into the King County Jail.

According to the police investigation, the 73-year-old man had a spotless driving record before he was stopped on Tuesday night.

Officer Nic Abts-Olsen was patrolling in the Colman neighborhood near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Massachusetts around 8:30 p.m., when the man in a silver Toyota drove past him with his headlights off.

After pulling over the 73-year-old man, Officer Abts-Olsen checked his license and registration, and walked back to the Toyota, where he saw the driver portioning out a scoop of cocaine from a small glass vial.

When officer Abts-Olsen knocked on the driver’s car window, he apparently startled the man, leading him to spill cocaine all over his hands and the floor of his vehicle.

“Are you kidding?” Officer Abts-Olsen asked the man, who quickly tried to brush away the white powder. The man initially denied having any cocaine, though he admitted he had vitamins in his possession.

Finally, the man relented, complimented Officer Abts-Olsen on his keen detection skills and admitted that snorting cocaine in the middle of a traffic stop was a poor decision.

Officer Abts-Olsen also informed the man he had only intended to issue him a warning due to his clean driving record until the cocaine came out.