Man Arrested After Trying To Hide Marijuana In Grill Of Police Officer's Car

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Kouto Coleman
Kouto Coleman

According to Chattanooga Police, a man being arrested for a previous charge, tried to hide his marijuana in the grill of the officer's squad car as he was being read his rights.

Police were first called to the scene on Market Street on July 4, because a woman said Kouto Coleman, 34, rode his bike up to her car window then proceeded to expose himself.

When they arrived, they noticed Coleman pulling something from his sock and stuffing it into a crack in the ground. 

When police asked him what he was doing with his sock, Coleman only replied that he was not touching his sock.

Police looked at the crack in the ground and found marijuana "shake," seeds, and torn up rolling paper.

 

After this, officers attempted to take Coleman into custody. However, during this process, police noticed Coleman trying to stick his hands into his pockets. He was ordered to put his chest on the hood of the car.

Just before Coleman was about to be searched, police saw him grab something from his pocket and attempt to stuff it into the grill of the car. 

Police eventually had to use a wrist lock in addition to the handcuffs because Coleman would not stop trying to dispose of things.

The squad car ignition had to be turned off so that officers could look for the items Coleman stuffed under the hood. Police found a joint as well as more marijuana "shake" and rolling paper. 

As he was searched, police said Coleman started yelling obscenities and was so loud that a small crowd gathered to watch the arrest.

Police said Coleman told them "that there was not really anything in the paper except little bits that he had not finished smoking yet." 

He also told police that he only tried to hide the small amounts of marijuana because he did not think they were a big deal and he did not want to go to jail over "something petty."

He said he had been charged with tampering with evidence before but that he did not think this incident qualified "because it was such small amount." 

Altogether, Coleman was charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, disorderly conduct, and possession of a controlled substance.


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