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Man with bottle of crack cocaine backs into concrete pole

A Leesburg man was arrested on drug charges when officers found a bottle of crack cocaine in his possession after he backed into a concrete pole.

Charles Lee Coleman
Charles Lee Coleman

An officer initiated a traffic stop on a black Toyota passenger car near 2118 Harlem Avenue after watching it back into a concrete electric pole and suspecting it was trying to leave the scene around 9:25 p.m. Saturday, according to an arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department. 

Upon approaching the driver and sole occupant, 74-year-old Charles Lee Coleman, he got out of the vehicle and walked around to the back where he met with the officer. He stated that he knew he had struck the pole, had trouble seeing and was only driving down the street to get his mail, the report said. 

While the officer was talking to Coleman, two unidentified females walked over to the driver’s side of the vehicle, and one of them tried to go inside it. The officer ordered her to back away to which she complied. As the officer walked around to meet with the other female, he noticed she was attempting to hide something with her left foot, the report said. 

The officer looked under the tire once she walked away and saw an unmarked prescription pill bottle with black tape wrapped around it. When it was opened, the officer observed several pieces of a white cake-like substance which he suspected to be crack cocaine, the report said. 

Another officer responded to the scene and tried to find the female, but she was not located. The officer suspected Coleman of dropping the bottle when he got out of the vehicle. As such, he was subjected to a search of his person, the report said. 

The officers found a small clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance along with a small clear plastic straw in Coleman’s left front pant pocket. He was detained in handcuffs on suspicion of cocaine. He was then read his rights and agreed to speak with officers, the report said. 

Coleman advised that as he was getting out of the vehicle, he tried to place the pill bottle in his pocket. However, it fell to the ground. He also stated that he was holding the pill bottle for someone along with the cocaine found in his pocket, the report said. 

The crack cocaine later field tested positive for such and weighed about 3.8 grams. The baggie containing powdery cocaine weighed about 0.1 grams, the report said. 

The New Jersey native was ultimately arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was transported to Lake County Jail and released after posting $3,500 bond. 

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