Deputy uses suspect's handcuffs for arrest

July 22, 2010 at 3:10 PM

PORT RICHEY, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man who sought help removing handcuffs from his wrist wound up arrested with his own handcuffs when a deputy found pills in his pocket.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies said Shawn Martines, 25, of Port Richey, was riding his bicycle at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and had a pair of handcuffs dangling from his right wrist when he approached a patrol car, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Thursday.

Martines said he let a woman put the handcuffs on him because he thought they were fake and he later found out she did not have a key. He said he was able to pick the lock on his left wrist and sought out a patrol car when he was unable to do the same for his right wrist.

Deputy Joseph Zoccoli said he patted Martines down for weapons and discovered a syringe in his pocket. He said further searching turned up nine Xanax pills and Martines did not have a prescription.

"As one handcuff was already applied to his right wrist, I applied the second handcuff to Shawn's left wrist," Zoccoli wrote in a report of the incident.

Martines, who said the syringe and pills belonged to his girlfriend, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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