South Florida Man Chews Deputy’s Car Seat During Cocaine Arrest: Cops

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Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A South Florida man started chewing up the seat in a deputy's patrol car after he was found with more than 40 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Melvin Stubbs, 37, was charged with cocaine trafficking, resisting arrest and property damage following the traffic stop on U.S. 1 near Mile Marker 59 in the Florida Keys Thursday night, Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Stubbs, of Homestead, was driving a BMW when a deputy noticed the car's tinted windows were too dark and pulled him over, officials said. As the deputy was writing Stubbs a warning for the tinted windows, it was discovered that Stubbs had a warrant for violating probation related to a cocaine sales case.

Stubbs tried to run from the scene but was taken into custody after a deputy used a Taser on him, officials said. Inside his jacket pocket deputies found baggies of cocaine that weighed more than 40 grams, officials said.

While Stubbs was sitting in a deputy's patrol car, he started eating a large piece of the back seat, causing at least $1,000 in damage, officials said. Stubbs was taken to a hospital where he was checked out before he was booked into jail. Attorney information wasn't available.

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