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Man eats meth, leading to medical emergency

A routine traffic stop turned into a medical emergency early Thursday morning after the driver ate a large amount of methamphetamine in an attempt to hide it, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

The 31-year-old driver, whose address is unknown, was acting strangely and his medical condition deteriorated shortly after being pulled over for speeding at 1:20 a.m. on U.S. 14 near Byron, according to Detective Brad Nelson.

"He went downhill real fast, to the point of unconsciousness," Nelson said.

The passenger in the suspect's car said the man had eaten methamphetamine while he was being pulled over.  The driver was taken to Saint Marys Hospital and was guarded by sheriff's deputies from Goodhue County, where he had multiple warrants, Nelson said.

No information is available on his condition, according to a Mayo Clinic spokeswoman.


Olmsted County deputies obtained a search warrant for the car and discovered about 10 grams of methamphetamine and items such as packaging that indicate that the drugs were intended to be sold, Nelson said.

The driver could face first-degree drug sale and other charges in Olmsted County District Court, Nelson said.

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