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Police: Man confessed to crack pipe possession on phone with mom

  |   Sept. 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM
BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a man called his mother and confessed to buying drugs and possessing a crack pipe while a deputy stood nearby.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said the deputy spotted a man riding a bike without any lights around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and the man seemed to ride faster when he spotted the deputy, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The deputy activated the flashing lights on his patrol car and the man appeared to drop something onto the grass, the arrest report said.

The man, identified as James Leo House, 41, of Bradenton, was ordered to sit on the ground and deputy found a burnt glass crack pipe in the area where the man seemed to drop an object.

House asked to call his mother while the deputy was waiting for backup, the sheriff's office said.

"I'm in trouble for buying dope and I had a crack pipe on me," House allegedly told his mother on the phone.

The sheriff's office said House has been arrested 15 times since 2005.

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