A traffic stop earlier this month resulted in the arrest of a Sarasota man by the Washington County Sheriff's Office on several charges.

WCSO reports that at approximately 10:41 am on July 8, a deputy observed a motorist speeding on Moss Hill Road and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy initiated contact with the driver and was immediately confronted with claims that he had “been pulled over illegally.” Explaining the reason for the stop, the driver, identified as Michael Pullen, 51, of Sarasota, continued to insist the deputy did not have a reason to stop him.

After requesting identification, the subject claimed that the vehicle did not belong to him and he did not have identification available. Upon confirming the subject’s name and date of birth, the deputy Pullen's driver's license had been expired driver’s license since 2002.

Pullen was taken into custody and placed in the patrol car for transport. Immediately after being placed in the car, the deputy observed Pullen attempting to conceal something in the area located behind his back. Pullen was then removed from the patrol car, and a search was conducted, revealing a container of a crystal-like substance.

A field test was performed, confirming the substance was methamphetamine.

After the deputy located the methamphetamine, Pullen became agitated and advised deputies that he could not breathe. Washington County EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported Pullen to the hospital. Once Pullen received a medical clearance, he was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, and tampering with evidence.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.