GPD: DUI suspect was eating cocaine

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.

Police said they arrested a driver Wednesday after determining he was driving drunk, eating powdered cocaine and using a vehicle without brake lights.

The Gainesville Police Department arrested Harold Ruppart McCullars, 45, of Melrose, on charges of DUI, evidence tampering, fleeing and eluding police, knowingly driving on a suspended license, and two counts of drug possession.

Police said McCullars driver’s license has been chronically suspended.

He caught the attention of Officer Daniel Abbott while heading east on Southeast Second Avenue in a black Dodge sedan without working brake lights. Abbott said he and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Hunt pursued the Dodge until Hunt used his patrol car to bring the Dodge to a controlled stop on East University Avenue.

Among the items that Abbott said were found in the car — along with oxycodone pills, powdered cocaine, beer bottles and cans — was a stamp-size plastic bag containing cocaine.

“The top of the bag had been ripped off and the bag was wet,” Abbott wrote in an arrest report. “It was obvious that (McCullars) was attempting to eat the cocaine while I was attempting to pull him over.”

McCullars told Abbott he drank one beer, but refused to perform field sobriety tests or provide a breath sample.

Abbott said a records check showed McCullars’ license had been suspended many times, most recently in 2009.

McCullars was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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