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“I Was Smoking My Meth Pipe,” Truck Driver Tells Haines City Police After Crash

A tractor-trailer delivery driver crashedThursday afternoon into the back of the Publix shopping center on U.S. 17-92 West Wednesday and was arrested and charged with possession of 1.6 ounces of methamphetamine.

Michael Calvo, 51, of Cape Coral was making a delivery in the back of the shopping center when his truck tore an awning off the building and hit an unoccupied pickup truck, pushing it for about 200 feet.

Officers say both vehicles were totaled.

Calvo was approached by Haines City Police Officer Alejandro Tejada after the wreck and asked Calvo if he needed any medical assistance. Tejada aid Calvo told him that he thought he was being “pranked” by a television show and resisted exiting the 53-foot tractor.

Calvo’s erratic behavior caused a commotion in the shopping center with many employees and customers showing up to see what was happening. After a few minutes the officer was able to remove Calvo from the truck and asked him what caused his truck to crash. Officer Tejada asked if he had fallen asleep, been drinking or was experiencing a medical emergency.

“I was smoking my meth pipe,” Calvo responded.

“We appreciate Mr. Calvo’s honest response to the officer’s question,” said Haines City Deputy Police Chief Loyd Stewart. “But using meth is illegal and could have cost someone their life.”

Calvo was arrested and charged with:

– Possession of methamphetamine

– Disorderly conduct

– Resisting arrest without violence

– Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia

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