Aiken teen allegedly eats marijuana after being pulled over
An Aiken teenager cited for possession of marijuana reportedly ate a bag of leafy green substance after being pulled over by police, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Richard Daniel Lunn, 17, of Sweetbay Drive, was cited for simple possession of marijuana, use of another’s driver’s license and disregarding a stop sign, according to a report.
He was released to the custody of his father.
A Public Safety officer was on patrol in Woodside Plantation about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when he saw the driver of a gray BMW disregard a stop sign on Plantation Drive, according to a report.
The officer stopped the vehicle and found Lunn to be the driver with an 18-year-old male passenger.
Lunn was “noticeably shaking” when the officer made contact with them, according to the report.
The officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana in the car and noticed marijuana pieces in Lunn’s lap and on his shirt.
The officer called for backup and told Lunn “that the marijuana was in plain view and the smell was obvious.”
“Lunn began brushing the marijuana from his lap and saying he didn’t see anything,” the report stated.
Lunn was mirandized and evoked his right to remain silent, according to the report.
His passenger told officers that, when Lunn noticed the police, “he reached in his pocket, stating he had dope, and retrieving a baggie of it, which he tore open and started eating.”
Officers found marijuana residue and a rolling paper cover inside the car, according to the report.
Lunn reportedly tried to eat all of the leafy substance in the bag but couldn’t and gave the rest to his passenger, who put it away in haste.
The report did not indicate any charges filed against the 18-year-old passenger.
While searching Lunn, officers found an identification card belonging to a 24-year-old man who looked like him, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.