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Man says he ate ounce of meth during traffic stop

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A 46-year-old Rockwell City man claimed he ate an ounce of methamphetamine — which is likely a lethal amount of the drug — during a traffic stop early Saturday morning near Sac City, according to a sheriff's report.

Cristian Lee Garrett was the passenger of a car that was stopped about 12:53 a.m. on Sierra Avenue just south of Sac City. A deputy sheriff got permission from the driver, Matt Olson, 31, of Breda, to search the car and asked Garrett to exit it.

Garrett, who the deputy noticed was irrational and talked of dying, began to scream, the report said.

"Garrett told law enforcement that he was going to die and that he had eaten about an ounce of methamphetamine," the report said.

That amount of meth is at least 100 times a typical dose of the illicit drug. A 2009 report in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology detailed the death of a man who ingested an eighth of an ounce of meth when he was afraid a law enforcement officer would find him with it.

Garrett was taken to nearby Loring Hospital and was later flown by a medical helicopter to a Sioux City hospital. Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said Monday morning that Garrett is "still alive," but declined to comment further.

Garrett was paroled from prison in May after serving time for drug possession. A judge had sentenced him to up to 5 years in prison in July 2018, according to court records.

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