73-Year-Old Seattle Man Allegedly Snorts Cocaine In Front Of Cop During Traffic Stop [Video]

A 73-year-old motorist allegedly tried to do a line of coke after being pulled over by a Seattle, Washington, cop on a routine traffic violation.

The elderly man reportedly had a clean driving record and ironically would have been let off with a simple warning for driving without his headlights on, i.e., lightless in Seattle.

A small infraction about forgetting to turn on the car’s headlights led to a big mistake, the Seattle Times noted.

The December 1 encounter with Offficer Nic Abts-Olsen on what appears to be a rainy evening at about 8:30 p.m. Seattle time was captured on dashcam video and subsequently released to social media by the public affairs office of the Seattle Police Department.

The clip, which has about 400,000 hits on YouTube so far, is embedded below.

“Please abstain from using cocaine, especially during a traffic stop,” an advisory message in the video quipped as a friendly warning to other drivers.

Local cops are conducting extra road patrols during the holidays, which was either good or bad news for this particular motorist on the night in question.

He wound up being arrested for one count of drug possession and was booked into the King County Jail.

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The incident was detailed on the Seattle PD Blotter.

“After pulling over the 73-year-old man, Officer Abts-Olsen checked his license and registration, and walked back to the Toyota, where he saw the driver portioning out a scoop of cocaine from a small glass vial. When officer Abts-Olsen knocked on the driver’s car window, he apparently startled the man, leading him to spill cocaine all over his hands and the floor of his vehicle.”

The man then claimed he only had vitamin pills in the car. “Are you kidding? You’re about to snort cocaine on the side of the road?” the incredulous officer asked when he inquired about what was in the motorist’s left hand. The driver initially insisted that it was “nothing.”

“Finally, the man relented, complimented Officer Abts-Olsen on his keen detection skills, and admitted that snorting cocaine in the middle of a traffic stop was, perhaps, a poor decision,” the police report added.

Seattle senior citizen allegedly snorts cocaine during traffic stop

After the elderly driver got cuffed, the officer reasonably wondered “What would possess you to do that on a traffic stop with a police officer right behind you? I just don’t understand.”

The driver then admitted he didn’t understand the whole thing either, pointing out that he’s never before even been cited for moving violation, let alone busted for narcotics possession. At that point, the officer reaffirmed that he intended only to give the man a warning, that is before the cocaine became an issue.


The video concludes on a universal positive note: Drive safe and have a wonderful holiday season.

“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, right? Well, this 73-year-old man from Seattle simply had to take a quick snort after he got pulled over by the local police...Well, at least the whole incident proved funny enough to convince Seattle Police Public Affairs to turn the recording of the incident into a holiday-themed clip. How appropriate. I mean, it did include an old man and lots of white powder…,” the Autoevolution website joked.

“When local police advise motorists of a snow warning, this probably isn’t what they have in mind,” Maxim observed.

A spoiler alert from Barstool Sports about the culmination of this encounter between the 73-year-old motorist and the Seattle cop.“All around great performances from everyone involved. And the fact that he had never gotten a ticket and was going to get a warning and ends up going to jail for blow during a traffic stop is a better twist than Bruce Willis being dead in The Sixth Sense.”

[Images via YouTube]