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Driver arrested on narcotics charge

MANATEE -- A driver slumped over his steering wheel with the motor of his vehicle still running captured the attention of Manatee County Sheriff's deputies at 4:24 a.m. today.

When deputies approached the car, parked in the 5900 block of 55th Drive East, they saw a narcotics pipe in the driver's lap, a baggie containing a rocky substance and an open pocket knife on the passenger seat, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Before waking the man, a deputy entered the car and removed the knife. The man was then awakened and ordered to shut off the engine and get out of the car. When he exited the vehicle, he threw the pipe and a cigarette pack toward a wetland area.

A deputy attempted to restrain the driver when he threw the items. As the man resisted the deputy, her partner used a stun gun to subdue him.

A search of the man and the car revealed $4,000 in cash, a large amount of prescription pills, multiple ID cards, and multiple prescriptions from different people.

Also found were car stereo components with cut wires.

Brian Bober, 37, of the 2500 block of 26th St. W., was charged with trafficking in narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest without violence.

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