Man arrested for trying to snort cocaine during traffic stop

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say a 73-year-old man was arrested after he tried to snort cocaine during a traffic stop.

Police say Officer Nic Abts-Olsen stopped a man driving a car with the headlights off Thursday night near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Massachusetts Street.

Man Arrested For Trying to Snort Cocaine During Traffic Stop

During the stop, Abts-Olsen checked the man's license and registration and says he startled the man when he returned to the vehicle, causing him to spill cocaine on his hands and the floor of the car.

Police say the man initially tried to brush away the white powder, denied it was cocaine and said he had vitamins in his possession.

Eventually, the man told police snorting cocaine in the middle of a traffic stop was perhaps a poor decision.

He was arrested for narcotics possession.

Here's what happened during the traffic stop:

Officer: “Are you kidding?! You’re about to snort coke on the side of the road?”

Suspect: "No."

Officer: “Really? What was it? I’m watching you do it.”

Suspect: “It’s nothing… just some vitamin pills that I take.”

Officer: “That’s not vitamins.”

Suspect: “I know.”

Officer: “What would possess you to do that on a traffic stop with a police officer right behind you? I just don’t understand.”

Suspect: “I don’t understand either. I’ve never had a traffic ticket.”

Officer: “I just saw that. I was going to come up and give you a warning.”

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