Bike chase leads to drug arrest, police say

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.

When police asked Telton McIntosh what he was hiding in his mouth, his words said one thing but the plastic bag said something else.

Gainesville police said that around 3 a.m. Tuesday, McIntosh was riding a bicycle on the wrong side of Northeast 3rd Place with no headlight or taillight and had run a stop sign, according to a report.

An officer turned on his lights and siren in the 300 block of Northeast 3rd Place but McIntosh kept riding, looking back at the patrol car three times before making a U-turn to try to get away.

He finally stopped and police noticed a large bulge in his mouth. When an officer asked him what it was, McIntosh said, “Nothing,'' but the officers saw a plastic bag holding a white substance in his mouth.

McIntosh then took out the bag and threw it into the woods. Police recovered it and found it contained crack cocaine, the report said.

McIntosh, 49, of 3220 SW 26th Drive, was arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence, cocaine possession with intent to sell, resisting arrest without violence, and fleeing and eluding a police officer.

He was being held Tuesday at the Alachua County jail on $15,000 bond.

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