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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Spokane County deputies said a man tried to get out of trouble by saying his meth pipe was a gardening tool.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Christopher Dahlman, 22, was acting suspicious near the Fred Meyer on Sprague and Sullivan. A deputy reported seeing Dahlman hand something to a man on a bicycle. When the deputy tried to talk to him, the deputy said Dahlman ran into the store, left, and was later found hiding under some shopping carts.

Dahlman told the deputy he ran because he thought the deputy had a warrant, investigators said.

Meanwhile, another deputy searched Dahlman s car and found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the driver s seat, according to the Sheriff s Office. Investigators said Dahlman told them the pipe belonged to his girlfriend and that she used it for gardening.

The Sheriff s office said residue taken from the pipe was believed to be methamphetamine, according to preliminary test results taken from the field.

Dahlman was booked into jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing.

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