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An alert Ohio state trooper used the Heimlich maneuver to save a panicked driver who tried to swallow a bag of weed during a traffic stop. 

The incident was caught on State Trooper Charles Hoskin’s dashcam and released on the Ohio State Patrol’s Twitter page on Thursday.

The video shows Trooper Hoskin pulling over a white sedan. While the driver was still in the car, the Ohio state trooper can be heard asking if he’s alright and if he can breathe. 

When the shirtless man got out of the car, Trooper Hoskin realized he was choking and performed the Heimlich maneuver. 

After a few seconds, driver can be seen spitting something up. 

‘What did you swallow?’ Trooper Hoskin asks the man, who’s trying to catch his breath, the video shows. 

‘A gram of weed, officer,’ the suspect replied.

Ohio State Trooper Charles Hoskin realizes a man, who he just pulled over, is chocking and performs the Heimlich maneuver

Ohio State Trooper Charles Hoskin realizes a man, who he just pulled over, is chocking and performs the Heimlich maneuver

Ohio State Trooper Charles Hoskin realizes a man, who he just pulled over, is chocking and performs the Heimlich maneuver 

After a couple seconds, the suspect can be seen spitting something up

After a couple seconds, the suspect can be seen spitting something up

After a couple seconds, the suspect can be seen spitting something up

Trooper Hoskins is heard on the video asking the suspect what he swallowed as he tries to catch his breath. 'A gram of weed, officer,' the suspect replied

Trooper Hoskins is heard on the video asking the suspect what he swallowed as he tries to catch his breath. 'A gram of weed, officer,' the suspect replied

Trooper Hoskins is heard on the video asking the suspect what he swallowed as he tries to catch his breath. ‘A gram of weed, officer,’ the suspect replied

Hoskin tells the suspect to sit down to catch his breath and calls for an ambulance to make sure he's OK.

Hoskin tells the suspect to sit down to catch his breath and calls for an ambulance to make sure he's OK.

Hoskin tells the suspect to sit down to catch his breath and calls for an ambulance to make sure he’s OK. 

Hoskin tells the suspect to sit down and calls for an ambulance to make sure he’s OK. The suspect, who has not been named, apologizes. 

‘It’s a minor misdemeanor. You want to die over a minor misdemeanor?’ Hoskin is heard on the video asking the suspect.  

‘Don’t try to swallow a bag of drugs prior to getting pulled over in an attempt to keep a trooper from finding them,’ the Ohio State Patrol tweeted with the video.     

‘Luckily, Tpr. Hoskin from our Ravenna Post was alert and able to assist the man who was choking on a bag of illegal marijuana.’

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio, although the state bans recreational use of the drug. 

A ballot on whether to legalize it for recreational use is set to be held later this year, meaning the midwestern state could become the latest to decriminalize the drug. 

Source: dailymail

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