Michigan man hospitalized, arrested after swallowing baggies of cocaine

Credit: Michigan State Police

Credit: Michigan State Police

A Michigan man was hospitalized and later arrested after police said he swallowed baggies of cocaine while resisting officers.

The Detroit News reported that Michigan State Police said 38-year-old Paul Wagner was stopped for an equipment malfunction around 1 a.m. May 12.

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Police said they saw a baggie of white powder believed to be cocaine inside the vehicle as they approached. When they asked Wagner to hand them the bag, he put it in his mouth and tried to swallow it.

WNEM reported that when police tried to physically stop Wagner from swallowing the substance, he revved his vehicle's engine and tried to put it in gear, according to officials.

When police sensed danger to Wagner and the public, they stunned him. Wagner still managed to swallow the baggie. He was taken into custody and admitted to  the hospital for several days. He later passed three small baggies, which police said was determined to be cocaine, based on a preliminary field test, WXYZ reported.

Once released from the hospital, MLive reported Wagner was charged with possession of cocaine and resisting and obstructing.

WJRT reported Wagner remained in haul Monday under $100,000 bond.

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