One Cullman native may have literally bit off more than he could chew with the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team on Friday.
Agents from CNET ended a regular surveillance trip in an unexpected car chase after they pulled over a man for a traffic violation.
“Basically, we stopped the guy for crossing the median,” a CNET agent said about the Friday incident. “As we were walking back and forth from his vehicle to ours, he seemed nervous. When we returned to issue a citation, he locked his doors, rolled up his windows and took off.”
The car chase was not only peculiar because of its unprovoked nature.
“Before he took off, he pulled a bag out of his shirt pocket and ate the contents,” a CNET agent said. “We believe it was methamphetamines.”
Cullman native Roger Baggett, 57, fled from the agents on County Road 1466 until he was eventually stopped on County Road 1464.
When Baggett was apprehended, he refused to speak with the agents concerning the contents of the bag. As a precautionary measure, he was taken to the Cullman Regional Medical Center.
“He told us he didn’t eat anything,” a CNET agent said. “But to prevent a potential overdose, we took him to CRMC.”
The agents were in the area doing surveillance on drug complaints, but, as it turns out, Baggett’s incident doesn’t appear to be related with the complaints.
“The agents more than likely wouldn’t have discovered anything on the guy if he didn’t flee,” Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said.
Baggett has been charged with attempting to elude, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. All are misdemeanors.
Baggett posted bond at the Cullman County Detention Center.
“We don’t know officially where the contents of the bag went,” a CNET agent said. “But a blood test isn’t really going to help us — he could’ve used the day before or longer.”