(THE SUN) – A drug suspect in the UK who went 47 days without going to the toilet has been released to the hospital — but is still facing a drug charge.
Lamarr Chambers, 24, spent more than a month and a half behind bars as police waited for him to excrete the drugs they believe he had swallowed.
Chambers was arrested on Jan. 17 on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs — a designation that includes heroin, cocaine and ecstasy — and failing to stop for police. He hasn’t had a bowel movement since he was arrested.
Chambers’ detention period was then extended over seven subsequent hearings as the nation waited to see if he would finally give in and poop.
Chambers was finally released from custody Monday on legal and medical grounds and taken to the hospital, but a drugs charge remains against him.
Initial possession charges have been dropped, but he was later rearrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and released on bail.
He was then taken by a police car with a medical professional to the hospital, where he is understood to have received treatment.
Police said Chambers was given food and water and received medical visits every day during his time in custody.
Nothing was passed by the suspect, who declined medical treatment and the opportunity to visit the hospital.
Chelmsford Crown Court previously heard how Chambers ate up to eight cereal bars a day while in custody before switching to a diet of fruit and vegetables — but in vain.
Trish Macnair, from the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, said there was a small risk of the bowel swelling and bursting in such cases.
She said it was extremely rare for a bowel not to empty in a young, healthy person, adding: “I’m amazed he’s held on for so long. It’s only a matter of time.”
Before his release, Chambers had already broken the British record for spending the most days in police custody without a bowel movement — which was previously set at 23 days.
Police have been updating the public on the situation through Twitter, using the hashtag #poowatch.