DECATUR — A 21-year-old man is being held in the Macon County Jail, after he allegedly lit a woman’s car on fire as retaliation for an unpaid crack cocaine debt.
When he was stopped by police Monday because he was wanted for the arson offense, the suspect flipped a bag of crack cocaine into his mouth, which took a jolt from a Taser to retrieve.
On July 31, a 1996 Oldsmobile was lit on fire in a driveway in the 800 block of West Marietta Street, according to an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Timothy Wittmer. The Decatur Fire Department said it was arson.
The vehicle owner, a 48-year-old woman, told police she had loaned the Oldsmobile to Delahn Amos in exchange for crack cocaine. The car had an estimated value of $2,900.
She told police that she later discovered that her car had been set on fire. She and her husband then confronted Amos about the Oldsmobile.
“Delahn admitted he had set the fire to her vehicle because he thought she owed him $700, and this was his way of getting her back for the money,” she told police. The husband, 51, told police that Amos admitted setting the car on fire, because “he had to get (the money) one way or the other.”
Amos was then placed on the police department’s persons wanted list.
On Monday, officers Timothy Wittmer and Kyle Daniels saw Amos, with whom they were familiar, riding a bicycle in the 1000 block of North Edward Street. A dispatcher informed them that Amos was wanted.
When Daniels approached Amos and told him to get off his bicycle, “Amos retrieved a clear plastic baggie from his left front pocket and placed it in his mouth,” according to an affidavit.
The two officers gave Amos “multiple verbal commands” to spit the bag out of his mouth. “Amos ignored these commands.” Wittmer then “deployed his Taser,” which caused Amos to spit the baggie out of his mouth. That baggie contained six smaller baggies, each containing a small amount of cocaine.
Wittmer then found eight baggies containing marijuana in his sweatshirt pocket.
Amos admitted to police that the substance he had tried to conceal in his mouth was crack cocaine “and he intended to sell the cocaine,” according to the affidavit.
Amos is on probation for a January conviction on a felony charge of resisting a police officer and is awaiting trial on a July charge of criminal damage to property. He is being held in jail on $15,000 bond, pending an arraignment in circuit court.