Bowling Green Head Coach Arrested After Attempting to Ingest Marijuana to Hide it from Cops

Bowling Green State University head swimming and diving coach Matthew Ense was arrested Monday after cops found a marijuana edible in his car, then caught him attempting to ingest it to hide it from them, according to Ohio Highway Patrol (first reported by the Toledo Blade Tuesday)

Ense, 38, and his girlfriend were pulled over in a car on the side of the I-475 in Bowling Green, Ohio, and cops approached the car to see why they were stopped. They learned that Ense had thrown his girlfriend’s phone out the window while she was attempting to call 911. It’s unclear at this point why she was making the call.

Highway patrol searched the car, found the marijuana edible, and Ense was arrested. However, some time between being arrested and put into the police car, he attempted to ingest the edible.

“Prior to being placed in the car, the suspect attempted to ingest the contraband,” the police report states. “Only the amount of force necessary was used to stop the suspect from ingesting the contraband.”

He is being charged with tampering with evidence (third-degree felony), disrupting an emergency communication (fourth-degree felony), obstructing justice (misdemeanor), and a minor misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. He posted $10,000 bond Monday night from Lucas County jail.

Ense joined Bowling Green, a Division I program, as head coach three years ago. He was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after a reporter from the Blade inquired with the school about his arrest.

“Bowling Green State University has high expectations for its employees, at work, and in the community,” a university spokesman said in a statement to the Blade. “We were made aware today of the weekend arrest of Matthew Ense, head swimming and diving coach, and are reviewing the facts. Pending the outcome of our investigation, Coach Ense has been placed on administrative leave.”

Ense is scheduled to appear again in Sylvania Municipal Court on Friday. SwimSwam has reached out to the school for further information.

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DFL
3 years ago

Uh oh

Swimmer
Reply to  DFL
3 years ago

Bowling green is in Ohio!

Swim
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

There is a Bowling Green Kentucky also

olde coach
Reply to  Swim
3 years ago

Now known as Western Kentucky Univ

swammer
3 years ago

Seems like a pretty major offense for possession of an edible (which is legal in many states now)

Dylab
Reply to  swammer
3 years ago

The marijuana procession was just a misdemeanor

Admin
Reply to  Dylab
3 years ago

^^that’s correct. The felony charges are for the allegations of destroying the evidence of a misdemeanor and throwing his girlfriends phone out the window when she tried to call 9-1-1.

zip fan
3 years ago

lmao he tweaked. its decriminalized in ohio

OKSwammer
3 years ago

Veteran move.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

Smoking cigarettes are completely fine. Eating a plant? It’s a crime!

BaldingEagle

One causes cancer and is legal. The other is a substance that eases the ordeal of patients during chemotherapy, and is illegal in most states. Deep pockets down there in Richmond and Winston-Salem.

meeeeee
Reply to  BaldingEagle
3 years ago

did coach Ense have cancer and was being treated with chemo? i didn’t realize that.

Vic
Reply to  BaldingEagle
3 years ago

Yup.

Marmot

That’s the most menial charge we’re talking about here. You’re okay with him taking his girlfriend’s phone from her and throwing it out the window while she’s dialing 9-1-1?

“…He is being charged with tampering with evidence (third-degree felony), disrupting an emergency communication (fourth-degree felony), obstructing justice (misdemeanor)…”

Yes, the title is sensational on the marijuana side, but you obviously didn’t read anything beyond that.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

Great response Marmot

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

No I did. I think he should be arrested. Only thing obvious is that you assumed I didn’t read the whole thing. I just think weed being illegal is dumb.

Marmot

So the guy is getting charged with two felonies and your response is “…weed being illegal is dumb. I better crack a line about that!”

If you did read the article then you have some growing up to do.

Snarky

Uh. Tobacco is a plant too. Hello.

Hswimmer
3 years ago

Marijuana is good for you 😂😂

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

Of course it is …..on the contrary of alcohol , Crack , internet addiction , etc….

DownsideUp
3 years ago

STAY OFF DA WEEEEEEEEEEEDUH -Steven A

NONA
3 years ago

It’s crazy. He’s going to get fired for the weed arrest, but to me the bigger red flag is him throwing his gf phone out of car as she calls 911.

sven
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

Yep. I had this exact thought. I don’t really care about the weed but when his girlfriend tries to call 911 and he throws the phone out the window, that’s a huge red flag about his behavior.

Also, not that I’m glad he threw her phone out the window and tried to eat the edible, per se, but it is something of a relief to see a SwimSwam story about a coach getting in trouble for something other than sexually abusing swimmers.

Marmot
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

No, he’s getting fired for that too.

Snarky
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

Do tell.

Marmot's Dad
Reply to  Marmot
3 years ago

That’s quite the accusation to make without saying literally anything to back it up.

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