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Ohio trooper performs Heimlich after motorist chokes on marijuana

After the man recovered, the trooper asked, “Do you want to die over a minor misdemeanor?”
/ Source: Associated Press

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver after a man allegedly attempted to swallow a bag of cannabis when he was pulled over for speeding.

Sgt. Ray Santiago said the traffic stop occurred on July 3 in Portage County.

Trooper Charles Hoskin conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle that was allegedly traveling at 94 mph in a 70-mph zone, according to NBC affiliate WKYC of Cleveland.

Dash camera video posted to the state agency's Twitter account shows Hoskin asking if the driver could breathe before helping him out of the car and performing the Heimlich. The man expelled a bag of marijuana and apologized to the officer.

After the man recovered, Hoskins asked, “Do you want to die over a minor misdemeanor?”

The man received citations for speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt, according to Santiago. The man also received a summons for marijuana and was released at the scene.

"Don't try to swallow a bag of drugs prior to getting pulled over in an attempt to keep a trooper from finding them," the Ohio State Highway Patrol wrote in a tweet. "Luckily, Tpr. Hoskin from our Ravenna Post was alert and able to assist the man who was choking on a bag of illegal marijuana."