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Palatka man with drugs in underwear backs car into deputy, police say

1:47 PM, Nov 13, 2013   |    comments
Elisha Nandez Phillips, 35
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PALATKA, Fla. - A Putnam County man, suspected to be on drugs, allegedly backed his car into a deputy's patrol car during a traffic stop.

Elisha Nandez Phillips, 35, was stopped after a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office allegedly spotted him driving recklessly on Highway 17, then pulling into a gas station hitting a pick-up truck that was parked at a gas pump, according to a release from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy pulled up behind Phillips' SUV and turned on the lights inside his unmarked patrol car. As the deputy got out of his car, Phillips allegedly put his car in reverse and backed into the deputy's car.

While being questioned, Phillips was allegedly slurring his speech, had watery and bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet, according to the release. Phillips was given a field sobriety test and failed.

Phillips was placed under arrest for DUI, however due to his apparent high level of intoxication, he was taken to the Putnam Community Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment before being booked into the Putnam County Jail.

While being searched during the booking process, rock cocaine and various prescription pills were discovered concealed in Phillips' underwear.

At the time of the incident, Phillips was out on bond awaiting sentencing for a prior narcotics conviction, the release detailed.

Phillips was booked on charges of driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, possession of drugs and smuggling contraband and was later released on a bond of $5,028.

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