Blotter: Police officer forces man to spit out drugs

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A 26-year-old man was forced to spit out his marijuana at the intersection of Willowwood and Leslie streets Friday evening, according to reports. After failing to use a turn signal, the driver of the vehicle was pulled over, police said. While one Denton officer was talking to the driver outside the vehicle, the other officer was talking to the passenger, the 26-year-old man. The officer talking to the driver reported seeing the second officer grabbing the passenger’s jaw and telling him to “spit it out,” according to reports.

The officer said the man had marijuana in his mouth. Police said they had the passenger exit the vehicle before he was handcuffed and placed under arrest. The man spat about one gram of marijuana onto the ground next to the vehicle, reports said. He was charged with failure to identify a fugitive from justice, possession of marijuana and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

 

Other Reports

1400 block of Bernard Street — A woman reported she was a victim of domestic violence, according to Denton police reports. Friday afternoon, a 21-year-old female alleged her boyfriend took her cellphone and assaulted her when she tried to get it back, said police.

The victim told police her boyfriend pushed her, slammed her to the ground, choked her, and punched her in the back of the head.

According to reports, the victim retreated to an apartment and asked her neighbor to call the police. The boyfriend reportedly followed the female victim back into the apartment and dragged her by the arm before packing up his belongings and fleeing on foot.

 He was gone before officers arrived on the scene, said police. An investigation is continuing.

2200 block of South Interstate 35E — A man’s truck was reportedly taken from a mall parking lot Friday afternoon, according to police reports. Officers took a theft report by phone at about 2 p.m. Friday after a 55-year-old man reported his truck was missing from the parking lot. According to reports, the man claims a rifle was in his truck at the time.

 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:

Sixty-eight people were booked into the Denton County Jail.

Denton police posted 21 reports online.

From Sunday, March 17 to Thursday:

University of North Texas police responded to three warrant arrests, two criminal mischief reports, completed three supplemental reports, two driving while license invalid/suspended calls, one disorderly conduct report, three driving while intoxicated arrests, three possession of controlled substance arrests, two criminal trespass warnings, one disturbance call, two minor crashes, three medical calls, one possession of drug paraphernalia stop and one K-9 assist call.

From Sunday, March 17 to Saturday:

Texas Woman’s University police responded to 113 calls from service, made eight reports, eight escorts, 62 parking violations, 59 moving violations and made five arrests.

— Megan Gray

Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.


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