A suspect in Missouri was hospitalized after eating a bag of meth following a pursuit with deputies early Wednesday morning.

A Vernon County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on 1725 RD after he was notified that the vehicle was stolen and called out the pursuit when the vehicle failed to yield, according to a department news release.

The vehicle reportedly pulled over several times for the deputy, but would take off again shortly after stopping.

“The driver was not able to outrun the deputy and eventually pulled over and was taken into custody,” Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said.

The suspect, identified as 18 year-old Dustin R Detherage, was transported to the hospital after he told deputies he had eaten a bag of meth during the pursuit because he did not want to go to jail.

“He didn’t want to go to jail so he ate a bag of meth while driving a stolen vehicle so I’m not sure how he thought that was going to work out for him,” Mosher said.

Warrants were issued Wednesday afternoon charging Detherage with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and DWI – Drug Intoxication. Bonds have been set at $16,000 cash only.

Detherage was still in the hospital being guarded by deputies as of Wednesday evening.