A Copeland man is accused of eating marijuana during a traffic stop and then attempting to flee the scene while speaking with deputies.
Clay Daniels, 27, was arrested Tuesday by Collier County sheriff's deputies at Southwest Boulevard and U.S. 41.
According to an arrest report, while on patrol, deputies observed Daniels — riding in a blue Chevy — failed to stop at a posted stop sign. A traffic stop was then conducted and deputies said they observed rolling papers on Daniels' lap and watched him eat an unknown item.
Deputies said they ordered Daniels to spit out what he was eating but he refused and grabbed a piece of foil and began eating another item from inside of it. Daniels then tried to open the door and flee the scene but deputies grabbed him but he continued to resist so deputies then struck Daniels in the face once with a fist, according to reports.
Daniels eventually complied with deputies and no longer tried to escape, deputies said.
While this was taking place, Daniels told the driver of the vehicle not to worry because he had been through this a million times, according to reports.
Deputies said a search of the car revealed nearly 8 grams of marijuana and a .380-round of ammunition.
Daniels, who is listed as a habitual offender, is facing charges of possessing firearm ammo as a felon, tampering with evidence, possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia possession, and resisting law enforcement without violence.