RAVENNA, Ohio (WKBN/WCMH) – Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol do a lot every day to save lives on Ohio’s highways, and they also stop a lot of criminal activity. Last weekend, their effort involved a Campbell man.

Many times, drivers who are anxious about getting pulled over will do things to avoid arrest, like swallow drugs that are in their vehicles.

That happened to Trooper Hoskin with the Ravenna post recently after he pulled over a driver, later identified as Stephan Elash, 24, of Campbell.

The traffic stop happened on Interstate 76 in Portage County on the evening of July 3. Troopers say Elash was initially pulled over because he was going 94 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Elash put a baggie of marijuana in his mouth, swallowed it and began choking.

Trooper Hoskins was able to give him the Heimlich maneuver, forcing the drugs out of his throat.

The exchange afterward showed a compassionate trooper.

Trooper Hoskins: “We got an ambulance coming to get you checked out, make sure everything is good.”
Elash: “OK, I’m sorry.”
Trooper Hoskins: “I know. It’s alright. It’s a minor misdemeanor. Do you want to die over a misdemeanor?”

Elash was cited for speed and not wearing a seat belt. He got a misdemeanor summons for the marijuana.