Chicago Man Tosses Cocaine in the Air Like He Just Don't Care
A martini bar patron tussled with an Oak Forest police officer last week leading to an unfortunate accident with a plastic bag and an illegal narcotic, according to a report.
Marvin Stewart, 46, of the 12500 block of South Yale Avenue in Chicago, was charged with resisting a police officer, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of open alcohol inside a vehicle after a Thursday, Jan. 9, incident in the parking lot of The Linger Martini Bar, 4142 W. 167th St.
At around 10:48 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, an Oak Forest police officer on tactical patrol in an unmarked car approached a silver Nissan van parked outside The Linger Bar to talk to its three occupants, the police report stated.
Stewart, the driver, told the officer the men had been at a party at the bar and came outside to smoke, according to the report. The officer reported smelling a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the van, and he could see a rolled blunt cigarette on the vehicle's console, as well as an open bottle of Seagram's vodka on the driver's side floor board.
When the officer asked Stewart to step out of the van, the Chicago man "made a quick, furtive movement" and grabbed what turned out to be a plastic bag of cocaine from the van's ash tray, according to the report.
“In fear for my safety and Stewart possibly having a weapon, I then drew my service pistol and ordered all the subjects to place their hands above their heads, which they complied,” the officer's report stated.
Everyone complied, except Stewart, who stayed in the van, holding the plastic bag above his head, the report stated. After holstering his pistol, the officer told Stewart to drop the bag and put his right hand on his head, the report stated. The officer then cuffed Stewart's left hand, the report added.
Stewart then began to pull away from the officer, shaking the plastic bag and spreading cocaine throughout the inside of the van, the report stated. This continued even when the officer placed Stewart in a restraint hold, the report added.
Stewart finally dropped the bag, was handcuffed and placed in a marked squad car that had arrived with backup, the report stated. He was then taken to South Suburban Hospital after telling officers he needed medical treatment. He was released from the hospital at 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and taken to the Oak Forest Police Department, where he was charged, the report added.
At the station, the contents of Stewart's bag tested positive for cocaine, and the blunt cigarette tested positive for marijuana, the report stated.
The other two men in the van were released and not charged.
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