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NCSO: Suspect hospitalized after swallowing narcotics during traffic stop

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy and a suspect who allegedly swallowed some illegal narcotics during a traffic stop were both transported to Newton Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum, the incident took place at the Marathon gas station at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and Bypass Road. The deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a white female with two white male passengers, Crum said. During the stop, the deputy began questioning one of the males, who subsequently ingested some narcotics that were in his possession. An altercation ensued and the deputy was injured.

"The suspect began having medical issues due to the drugs," Crum said, adding that both the deputy and the suspect were transported by ambulance to the hospital. The deputy was complaining of pain and soreness and Crum said the suspect "was having a pretty severe reaction (to the drugs) when transported."

Crum said it was unknown what sort of drugs the man ingested.

"The incident is still under investigation," he said.