Handcuffed woman accused of eating pot, troopers say

Tavish Smith suspended job as employee of Brevard County judge

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Tavish Smith might be the happiest and friendliest arrestee we've seen in a while -- that is until a trooper caught her trying to eat a bag full of evidence.

Her last-ditch effort to get rid of evidence was all caught on a Florida Highway Patrol squad car camera after she was pulled over for suspicion of DUI along U.S. 1 in Cocoa. She crashed her truck, drove the wrong way on U.S. 1, then crashed again, said the arrest report.

The video shows officers searching her truck. Inside the truck, officers reportedly found a sandwich bag full of marijuana. She's asked about the bag, denies it's hers and then laughs repeatedly, even calling one of the officers "handsome." She giggles and then wiggles out of her handcuffs. She then reaches into the front seat, grabs the sandwich bag the trooper found in her car and eats what's in it.

"My car's smelling like the stuff you had in your seat," says the arresting trooper, who does not become suspicious until he sees her freely move her hand. "I hope that's not why this marijuana bag was open over here."

By this time, the woman's not laughing.

At the moment she eats the evidence, her misdemeanor charges for minor hit-and-run, DUI and marijuana possession bump up to a felony.

"Bags of weed just don't go missing inside a police car," said the trooper. "And I've got it all on video."

Smith denied everything and tried to hide what she was doing, but troopers said she had pot on her hands and face, and left crumbs everywhere. Troopers said there was enough evidence left in the bag to test it and prove it was marijuana.

Smith posted bond and was released from jail. She has been suspended from her job as an employee for a Brevard County judge.

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