Headlight infraction leads to DUI, crystal substance found in vehicle
SILT — On Wednesday, a Silt police officer observed a vehicle leaving the Kum & Go on Main Street just after 2:30 a.m. without its headlights on, according to an arrest affidavit on file with Garfield District Court.
The officer made the traffic stop a few blocks later and requested the driver’s license, insurance and registration.
“While I was speaking to the driver, I observed his eyes were pink, I could smell an odor of burnt marijuana, and there was a small bag filled with marijuana in the door handle on the driver side,” the affidavit states.
The driver said the last time he smoked marijuana had been a couple of days ago, the officer reported. The driver also said that he did not have a license on him. When the officer pressed the issue, he admitted his license had been revoked.
After running the driver’s name through dispatch the officer found that he was revoked with four additional offenses.
The officer then had the suspect perform voluntary roadside maneuvers to check for impairment.
After completing the test, the officer requested a drug recognition expert and arrested the driver, 30, for further DUI investigation, according to the affidavit.
The expert said he believed the driver was impaired by a central nervous stimulant and he was unsafe to operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.
The driver admitted to using methamphetamine the day before, the affidavit states.
During an inventory of the vehicle, a white crystal was found on the floor of the driver side of vehicle. It tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit also stated.
Also on the floorboard there was a small baggie that was ripped open and had minuscule amounts of a white, crystal-like substance, the affidavit states.
The driver was charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, among other charges.
A two-vehicle, head-on crash near Green Mountain Reservoir on Sunday closed Colorado Highway 9 for multiple hours and sent at least eight people to hospitals, including one via a Flight For Life helicopter.