GPD: Suspect hospitalized after swallowing cocaine

Police ordered the man, 36, to spit out the crack cocaine.

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 10:14 p.m.

A Trenton man was hospitalized Wednesday morning after apparently swallowing a rock of crack cocaine, then apologizing to a Gainesville police officer who had been ordering him to spit it out.

Marc Charles Cole, 36, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Southeast 22nd Avenue. He was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for drug uses.

According to an arrest report written by Officer Jon Rappa, Cole was pulled over after being seen weaving and stopping on the wrong side of the street. Rappa said that while Cole's car was being searched, he noticed what appeared to be a piece of crack cocaine in Cole's mouth and a similar piece on the floorboard of the car.

"I ordered him to spit the cocaine out but he refused to comply and began to swallow," Rappa wrote. "Despite several orders to spit the cocaine out of his mouth, he continued to swallow."

Following Cole's arrest, Rappa said he "admitted to swallowing crack cocaine and he apologized for doing so."

Jail officials said that after Cole was booked into the Alachua County jail, he was taken to an area hospital to be treated for ingesting the cocaine.

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