It probably pays to tell the truth to your father when you’re a child but honesty with police officers probably won’t get you off the hook.
The George Washington “cherry tree myth” is that Washington was six years old when he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George honestly said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father forgave George because of his honesty saying that was worth more than a thousand trees.
Last week, however, a driver of a car on Cicero Avenue tried his luck with honesty after an alert Oak Lawn police officer pulled over his car after noting that the car’s registration had expired in January. The officer asked the driver, Thomas Sweiss of Crestwood for his license and insurance. Sweiss allegedly informed the officer that he already received a ticket for the expired registration and was “driving on the ticket”. Sweiss also allegedly informed the officer that he and his brother were in the process of obtaining insurance but hadn’t done so yet.
As the officer was speaking with Sweiss, he reported smelling cannabis from inside the vehicle. When the officer asked Sweiss if there was anything illegal in the car, Sweiss, apparently imitating George Washington, allegedly replied, “I’m not gonna lie, there are some”.
Sweiss then estimated the amount at about “two ounces”. The officer asked Sweiss to give him the drugs that were in the car and Sweiss handed him a black bag containing five smaller bags, each with a green leafy substance. The officer also observed a large black scale and asked both Sweiss and his unnamed passenger to get out of the car.
As the passenger stepped out of the car, a bottle of Hennessy fell out of a bag and poured out onto the floor mat according to the police. Two cannabis grinders and a large box of sandwich bags were found in the car. The police weighed the cannabis and found it to weigh 76 grams.
Thomas Sweiss, a 34 year old white male, was charged with with a felony for intent to deliver 30 to 500 grams of cannabis and the possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued citations for an expired registration and driving without insurance. The passenger was given a citation for open alcohol in the car.