Update: Man hid cocaine in mouth after police offered help with broken car

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJune 26, 2013 

Update (Wednesday, 11:24 p.m.):

A man stopped by police while pushing his broken car along Morris Road faced cocaine possession charges during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Herman Howard Hamilton, 33, faced charges of possession of cocaine, open container and obstruction of law enforcement officer during an 8 a.m. Recorder's Court session.

Officer William Peterson told the court that he was traveling north when he noticed Hamilton pushing his car into the driveway of a residence located on the 1700 block of Morris Road. He stopped to offer him assistance, but Hamilton said he didn't need any.

As the officer was starting to leave, he noticed that the front left door had sustained substantial damage and the window of the driver's side door was shattered. He went back to Hamilton to ask him about the damage, which Hamilton said was caused by a hit and run driver. He said the car belonged to his girlfriend, who was retrieving assistance.

While Peterson was talking with Hamilton, he noticed that his cheek seemed to bulge. Hamilton opened his mouth for the officer, revealing a clear plastic bag with a suspicious substance inside. When Peterson asked for the bag, Hamilton ran. He later fell down and landed in the grass on the west side of the street.

The officer managed to grab the baggie from Hamilton, as it landed near his head. Peterson then placed Hamilton in custody.

When he ran a check of Hamilton's identity, Peterson discovered that Hamilton had warrants for contempt of court. His license was also suspended. He also found a cup containing beer in the vehicle.

Hamilton was arrested and transported to Muscogee County Jail.

The jail lists additional charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, contempt of court and speeding. Those issues were not addressed during the court hearing. Bond was set for these charges by the jail.

Judge Michael Joyner set Hamilton's bond for the three charges addressed at $2,900. His total bond is $3,795.

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