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Port Richey man arrested with his own handcuffs

PORT RICHEY — Shawn Martines was arrested with his own handcuffs.

The 25-year-old told a deputy he hadn't known the handcuffs were real. He only let a woman named Valery put them on his wrists because he thought they were fake, he explained. Then he found out she didn't have the key.

He had managed to pick the lock on his left handcuff, but the one on his right wrist proved too difficult.

Martines decided he needed professional help. He hopped on his bicycle about 9 p.m. Tuesday and caught up with a Pasco sheriff's patrol car driving down Meadow Drive. After sharing his story with Deputy Joseph Zoccoli, Martines asked for help getting free.

Before uncuffing him, Zoccoli asked to pat Martines down for weapons. He felt a long, thin object in Martines' right front pocket.

Martines said it was a pen. Zoccoli discovered it was a hypodermic needle, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Within a few minutes, the report said, Zoccoli had emptied Martines' pockets of nine Xanax pills. He had no prescription, although he told the deputy the pills and needle belonged to his girlfriend.

Luckily, Zoccoli had just the thing to arrest Martines.

"As one handcuff was already applied to his right wrist, I applied the second handcuff to Shawn's left wrist," Zoccoli wrote in his report.

Martines, of 11841 Meadow Drive, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has previously pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked license in 2009 and driving an unregistered vehicle in 2005.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $2,150 bail.

Port Richey man arrested with his own handcuffs 07/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:02pm]
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