Drug suspect eats suspected meth, suffers medical emergency - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Drug suspect eats suspected meth, suffers medical emergency

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Valley man is facing felony drug charges after handing over some methamphetamine to a police officer and then eating an unknown amount of the suspected drug.

The incident started early Monday morning when a Spokane Valley Police Officer was searching for a wanted suspect. The officer thought the passenger of a Jeep resembled the fugitive and attempted to stop the car, but the passenger bailed out while the officer was just out of sight. 

Still, the officer caught up to the Jeep on East Mission and pulled it over. The officer learned that the driver of the Jeep, Christopher Teuscher, had a suspended license.

During the traffic stop, the officer noticed a small drug baggie sticking out of Teuscher's pocket. The officer asked for the baggie and Teuscher handed it over but he then refused to get out the car. Teuscher pulled out a second baggie and stuffed it into his mouth and was able to swallow it before officers could pull him out of the Jeep.

Teuscher fought against the officers' efforts to control and handcuff him. They ultimately took him to a Spokane Valley medical center where staff reported he had extremely high blood pressure and a very-elevated heart rate.  Teuscher was having difficulty communicating and was admitted to the hospital for treatment of suspected meth ingestion.

After releasing Teuscher to the medical staff, the officer wrote a probable cause affidavit requesting the suspect be charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

The passenger thought to be a fugitive was never found.

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