A 73-year-old Seattle man was arrested during a traffic stop for allegedly snorting cocaine in front of a police officer (video below).
On Dec. 1, Seattle police officer Nic Abts-Olsen pulled the man over because he was driving without his headlights on. The man's driver’s license and registration were checked, and Abts-Olsen was about to let him off with a warning because he had a clean record, when the situation changed.
The driver was reportedly seen by Abts-Olsen portioning out a scoop of cocaine from a small glass vial, according to Seattle police. He spilled the cocaine on his hands and on the floor of his vehicle when the officer knocked on his driver's side window, reported Komo News.
"What's in your left hand?" Abts-Olsen asks the driver in the dashcam video. “Show me your left hand.”
“What is that?" the officer asks.
"Nothing," replies the man.
"Are you kidding?" Abts-Olsen says. "You're about to snort coke on the side of the road?"
"No!" the driver replies. "It's nothing."
"I'm watching you do it," he says.
"It's nothing … I’ve got some vitamin pills that I take,” the man says.
"That's not a vitamin," Abts-Olsen says.
"I know!" the driver replies.
After the man is handcuffed, Abts-Olsen asks him why he would snort cocaine at a traffic stop with an officer present, as he cannot understand what the man was thinking.
"I don't understand either," the driver replies. "I've never had a traffic ticket."
"I was just going to come up and give you a warning!" Abts-Olsen says with disbelief.
The man reportedly confessed to the substance being cocaine, King 5 reported.
He was arrested for narcotics possession.