Berks Man Said to Consume Substance Before Arrest

DOUGLASS (BERKS) PA – A Berks County man who was being taken into custody by Douglass (Berks) Police Department on outstanding warrants was “rushed to (a) hospital for evaluation” after its officers said they discovered he had consumed a quantity of a controlled substance “to prevent it being found on his person,” the department’s CrimeWatch website stated Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2021).

Thomas H. Bieber, 30, was wanted on multiple warrants issued by the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, the department report explained. Police said they learned of Bieber’s action during their Jan. 11 (Monday) arrival to serve the warrants, at a location that was not specified. They said they decided out of “concern for his safety” to ensure he first received medical attention.

The hospital to which Bieber was brought was not identified. Once there, however, the department transferred him to the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the Jan. 11 incident, he also was charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

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