Such a dilemma. The cops pull you over at a traffic stop, and dang if you don't have your cocaine and marijuana stash on you. And to make it worse, your kid is with you too. Wow, sucks, huh?
So the cops notice that you seem "nervous" and order you to exit the car so they can search it. Which you do, after getting the kid out of the back seat. Now you're standing out there holding your kid, and sweating under the Florida sun.
Then your nightmare comes true. They find your sh**. What to do?
If you're like dad ALVIN LEROY PULLER, you DROP the child and make a run for it. Not that it did much good in terms of saving his @$$, because the cops tasered his @$$ and arrested him anyway.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT: And while Daddy's tootling around town with a young child and a lot of cocaine, where is Mom? Notice that the child was handed over to "a relative." What does that mean? And who allowed this cokehead to drive around with a young child?
Cape man facing drug possession and child neglect charges
By TIFFANY REPECKI
POSTED: June 24, 2010
A Cape Coral man is facing drug possession and child neglect charges after he reportedly dropped a child in his arms and tried to run from police during a traffic stop.
Alvin Leroy Puller, 34, of 909 N.E. Fifth Ave., was charged with one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, child neglect without great harm and resisting an officer/obstruct without violence. He was released today from the Lee County Jail on $5,000 bond.
According to an arrest report from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Puller was pulled over by a deputy at about 8 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Pondella Road and River Road in North Fort Myers. He was allegedly driving north over the Edison Bridge at 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Puller appeared "nervous" to the deputy, would not make eye contact and "his left hand was shaking" when he handed the deputy his driver's license, the report states. Puller was asked to exit the vehicle and a K9 officer did "alert to the vehicle."
Puller removed a small child from the rear passenger seat and the vehicle was searched, according to the report. The deputy located small portions of "marijuana cigarettes" in the center console, which tested positive for THC.
At that time, Puller dropped the child that he was holding and tried to flee.
Another deputy on scene used a Taser on Puller and placed him under arrest.
During a search of Puller, deputies located a bag of white powder in onesock. Two additional bags were found in the immediate area, the report states. All three tested positive for the presence of cocaine.
Deputies reported that no visible injuries were observed on the child, but the child was transported to the Cape Coral Hospital for precautionary reasons. The Department of Children and Families was contacted and the child turned over to a relative, according to the report.
"We have an open investigation on that case," Erin Gillespie, a spokeswoman for DCF, said Thursday. "We'll be investigating whether the child was abused or neglected."
According to Gillespie, it does not appear either was a factor in this case. It appears there was inappropriate supervision and possible substance abuse by the father, she said. DCF can intervene in various ways, such as making sure the child is not with the father or offering referrals to treatment programs.
"Our primarily goal is to ensure the safety of the child," she said.
The investigation can take up to 60 days.
Puller was unavailable for comment Thursday.
He has a court date set for July 26, according to jail booking records.