Tyrone Mack’s first mistake: Driving in a school zone over the speed limit.
According to an officer with the Melbourne Police Department, at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, the 25-year-old man was going 28 mph in a 15 mph zone.
Second mistake? Not buckling in for the ride.
“The driver’s seat belt was clearly observed hanging tight against the pillar,” read the arrest report.
Blowing a stop sign.
Mack was then pulled over. The driver complied but not before the officer saw him “leaning to the right and appearing to be placing something toward the center console/passenger side of the vehicle.”
The white sedan, with dark tinted windows, came to a complete stop and the officer wrote that he saw the driver put his hands up to his face.
The officer attempted to open the driver’s side door of the unlocked vehicle, and according to the cop, Mack pushed the door into him, knocking the officer off balance.
Back on his feet, the officer braced the suspect’s left arm behind his right hip and the frame of the car. He then noticed Mack had “a quantity of something in his mouth” as his left cheek was “bulged.”
He ordered Mack to spit out the contents, but the Fort Pierce resident looked as if he was swallowing.
“I observed his Adam’s apple quickly drop and rise,” read the report.
That’s when the coughing started.
“Mack began coughing loudly and leaned forward,” read the affidavit. “Mack advises me he had just ‘choked on the weed.’ Mack coughed up a few small pieces of green substance that landed on his shirt.”
After the coughing fit stopped, the officer detected a “strong odor of cannabis” emanating from the suspect’s mouth.
The green substance was checked while Mack was cuffed in the back of the patrol car. It tested positive for THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for the high.
Mack was then arrested and transported to a local hospital and cleared. He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, destruction of evidence, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mack was released from the Brevard County Jail on $12,500 bond.