PD: Ledyard man arrested for possession, eats evidence at police station

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What began as an arrest for a parole violation turned into drug charges as the suspect attempted to eat the evidence.

According to Ledyard police, officers were dispatched to arrest 30-year-old Matthew Branch, of Ledyard, on a parole violation on Friday morning. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that Branch was in possession of over an ounce of marijuana and a controlled substance, according to Ledyard police. 

Branch was arrested on the scene and brought to the Ledyard Police Department for processing.

At the station, Branch grabbed the packaged evidence, opened it, and proceeded to eat the controlled substance. Police tried to stop Branch, but he resisted.

He was then transferred to Backus Hospital for treatment and was released back to police custody when finished. 

Branch was released after posting a $55,000 combination bond. He is due to appear in New London Superior Court on October 4, 2018.

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