The Darwin Awards

2001 At-Risk Survivor

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Morsel of Evidence
2001 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(16 May 2001, New Zealand) Cruising police spotted a long-time member of the Mongrel Mob sitting in a parked car in Hastings. The officers stopped and searched his vehicle, unearthing a plastic baggie presumed to be full of drugs.

While the thug was being questioned about the contents of the bag, he suddenly grabbed the drugs and began to scuffle with police. He was subdued with pepper spray and a restraining hold, and police began to search for the missing baggie. Their captive, meanwhile, had become strangely subdued. He was white as a sheet, and no longer breathing.

Turns out he had swallowed the plastic bag, which the officers discovered stuck far down his throat during their resuscitation efforts. They extracted the baggie with the help of pliers from a pocket Leatherman, and the man revived.

Saved from a Darwin Award despite himself, he was jailed on drug and assault charges along with thirteen other suspected gang members whose seized booty totaled $30,000 in drugs and stolen property.

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Submitted by: Doubletap, David Parker
Reference: Philip Kitchin of The Dominion

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