Medical marijuana advocate Todd McCormick, who is awaiting sentencing for a federal drug conspiracy conviction, was jailed Monday pending the outcome of a hearing on whether he violated the terms of his bail.
The U.S. attorney's office filed papers in Los Angeles federal court seeking to revoke McCormick's bond because of his arrest in November after a 90-mph freeway chase in Orange County.
A California Highway Patrol officer testified during a hearing before federal magistrate James W. McMahon that McCormick, 29, threw a small item out of his car before stopping.
The officer also said he detected a strong odor of what he thought was marijuana coming from the vehicle.
McCormick, who admitted he did not have a driver's license, then sped off with the CHP officer in pursuit, the officer said. Stopped again a few miles away, McCormick was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail, where he was booked and released on his own recognizance.