Police: Stolen IDs, ride-share permit found during K2 search

A man caught smoking K2 was also in possession of multiple pieces of identification that didn't belong to him, including permits to drive for ride-share companies, police said. 

According to an arrest affidavit, around 12:30 a.m. June 8 a bike patrol officer with APD saw the suspect, identified as Joseph Coleman, 28, smoking a hand-rolled cigarette near the corner of Seventh Street and Neches. The officer recognized the cigarette as K2, synthetic marijuana. 

When the officer approached Coleman he tried to hide the K2 and then tried to throw it behind him. When the officer asked Coleman about the K2, Coleman said that he didn't know it was illegal to smoke K2 since he could buy it over the counter, according to the affidavit.

The officer searched Coleman's backpack and found multiple items of identification that not belong to Coleman, including a City of Austin license permit to drive Fare, Uber and other ride-share companies. The permit was not under Coleman's name, but he was in possession of the permit holder's driver's license. Coleman also had driver's licenses for two other people, two people's Texas ID cards and over 30 checks belonging to many other people. Coleman would not tell the officer where he found the items.

Coleman was charged with Possession of Identifying Information, a state jail felony. He is currently being held on a $7,500 bond.

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