A man tried to divert attention away from the smell of marijuana coming from his car during a traffic stop Thursday by claiming to be a Mart Youth Baseball and Softball League coach, Mart Police Chief Paul Cardenas said.
Police stopped the man near the intersection of East Texas Avenue and North Pearl Street at about 6 p.m. for driving without the car’s headlights on, the arrest affidavit states. When the officer approached the driver, identified as Rashi M. Sharp, 35, of Mart, Sharp got out of the car and identified himself as a coach with the Mart Youth Baseball and Softball League, Cardenas said.
“When the officer stopped him, he jumped out the of the car and identified himself as a baseball coach,” Cardenas said. “Sharp tried to use his status as (a) Mart little league baseball coach to deter (the) officer from following through with procedures for traffic stop.”