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DA: Car passenger resists officers, vomits marijuana
December 27, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Travell Council

The passenger in a car being searched by San Mateo police jumped into the front seat, tried fleeing and later vomited up a bag of marijuana while being booked into the county jail on Christmas Eve, according to prosecutors who charged him with three felonies.

Had Travell Council, 20, of San Francisco, been cooperative during the search of his friend’s car he likely would have avoided adding at least the narcotics charge to his case, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Instead, Council is charged with felony counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting an officer during an arrest and bringing narcotics into the jail. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing burglary tools and presenting false identification to an officer.

Police encountered Council Tuesday during a routine traffic stop when his driver initially failed to yield to police lights and then was discovered to be on parole. During a search of the vehicle, Council allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat, started the ignition and punched at the officer trying to grab him. At one point, Council allegedly removed his foot from the brake which caused the car to roll backward with the officer still hanging on. A second officer turned off the car from the passenger side and another shot him with a stun gun which had no effect. Council ran away and was found about an hour later on a nearby roof, Wagstaffe said.

While being booked into custody at Maguire Correctional Facility, Council vomited up a bag of marijuana he swallowed, Wagstaffe said.

The officers also reported finding burglary tools in the vehicle.

At his first court appearance yesterday, Council asked for a court-appointed attorney and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He did not waive his right to a speedy trial and was scheduled for a Jan. 7 preliminary hearing.

Bail was set at $50,000 and Council remains in custody.


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