A standoff between Essex police and a 24-year-old suspected drug dealer from Brixton has come to a close after 47 days.
On January 17th, Lamarr Chambers was arrested in Harlow, Essex, after a police chase that culminated with police observing Chambers moving something toward his mouth. Chambers claimed it was fried chicken he was eating, while police suspected it was actually illicit drugs Chambers was swallowing to hide the evidence.
For 47 days, police have been holding Chambers in custody next to a special toilet designed to collect a sample. Police were hoping a sample would prove that Chambers did, in fact, swallow drugs. Meanwhile, twitter monitored the situation with intrigue under the hashtag #PooWatch.
While in custody, Chambers ate regularly and was granted daily checkups from doctors, but denied visits to the hospital despite medical experts weighing in that Chambers was at serious risk of death if he maintained his refusal to use the toilet.
Police (and most of the public) assumed Chambers would have to go eventually, but Chambers held out and on March 5th was released on bail and escorted by squad car to a hospital for treatment.
The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges of possession with intent to supply but subsequently re-arrested Chambers on a lesser drug-related charge. Police applied for custody extensions seven times in hopes that Chambers would eventually have to pass a sample proving he had ingested illegal drugs, but according to Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington, "On the basis of all the medical evidence in this case it is most appropriate, both in the interests of Mr Chambers and of justice, to ensure he receives the hospital treatment he needs."
It's still unknown to what extent Chambers did longterm damage to his internal organs by going on his toilet strike, but hopefully he will recover quickly.
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