Man swallows drugs, flees police

  • Friday, December 20, 2013

On Dec. 7 a concerned citizen called Summerville Police about a suspicious person in the Treehaven Apts., on Pinewood Dr., possibly trying to steal a moped.

Police responded and observed a male subject being dropped off by a truck, looking around then proceeding to start a moped and take off.

Officers executed a traffic stop on the moped for failure to use a turn signal. The driver pulled over and got off the moped saying he was “just trying to get home.” When officers told him to put both hands where they could see them, the man took off on foot.

Giving chase, the officers demanded the man stop several times before deploying a Taser, striking the subject in the back and leg. The subject immediately fell to the ground.

Although he was asked several times to show his left hand, he refused and was Tasered a second time at which point he showed both hands and was placed in handcuffs.

While removing the Taser prongs, the subject asked why he had been stopped. The officer told him and then advised him of his Miranda Rights and placed him under arrest.

The subject – Rudy Wayne Barthel, 27, of Summerville, had wire cutters and a small screwdriver in his pocket. The wires on the moped had been cut in order to start it. A larger screwdriver was found on the ground where Barthel had fallen.

Barthel insisted he had not stolen the moped. In another pocket a black container was discovered containing a clear plastic bag with white powder substance and four rectangular pills marked “M358.” Barthel accused the officers of planting the drugs on him. The officer placed the drugs on the hood of the patrol car.

A few minutes later he observed Barthel with his mouth on the hood of the patrol car and the plastic bag was no longer there.

He attempted to get Barthel to open his mouth but he refused to comply. The officer requested immediate assistance from EMS. While waiting for EMS, Barthel told the officers the substance in the bag was “Goody’s” and that he was going to trick a dude that raped one of his family members and sell him something artificial.

While waiting the seven minutes for EMS to arrive, Barthel’s demeanor did not change, according to the incident report and Barthel insisted he had not taken anything that would kill him.

In the meantime the driver of the truck – Anthony Singletary – who had dropped Barthel off next to the moped was located and found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Barthel’s girlfriend – Ashley Lewis – told police that Barthel may have swallowed a bag of meth. Another officer confirmed the moped was stolen from a residence.

Barthel was transported to Summerville Medical Center for evaluation. During the evaluation, Barthel’s heart began to race and he became hallucinatory. The ER physician admitted him to intensive care. Singletary and Lewis were arrested by Metro Narcotics Division. The four pills were identified as Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone. Barthel will also be charged with Possession of Tools for Criminal Use and Possession of Schedule III controlled substances. He was also charged with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Petit Larceny.

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