Officers ‘sock it’ to motorcyclist caught with meth in his footwear

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WASHINGTON CITY — In addition to driving under the influence and various other traffic charges, a Washington City man was arrested for felony drug possession Thursday after officers discovered he had more than lint in his socks.

Gary Henderson booking photo posted Oct. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Gary Henderson, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officer Colton Skeem, of the Washington City Police Department, pulled over Gary Henderson, of Washington City, for a traffic stop after seeing him drive by, running his registration and discovering his motorcycle was uninsured, Skeem wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

After being pulled over, Henderson told the officer his motorcycle was covered by insurance and began looking for the appropriate paperwork. While Henderson did this, Skeem noticed the mans’s speech and body movements were slow.

Henderson was unable to find any insurance documents.

When Skeem asked Henderson to perform field sobriety tests, Henderson said he recently had surgery on his foot. He removed one of his shoes and a sock to show Skeem and other responding officers a surgical scar on his foot. He then placed the sock in his pocket, replaced the shoe on his foot and began attempting to perform the tests, Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson failed the field sobriety tests. Skeem left him temporarily with a fellow officer, and shortly thereafter, that officer alerted Skeem that Henderson was pulling his sock apart and there was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine inside the sock.

“Gary advised he did not know what (the bag) was and that it wasn’t his,” Skeem said in the statement.

Skeem arrested Henderson for suspected DUI metabolite and transported him to the Washington City Police Department. Once there, Henderson refused to participate in a drug test, Skeem said in the statement, so Skeem submitted an e-warrant, which was approved. The Washington Fire Department responded to draw Henderson’s blood.

“Gary was then transported to jail for DUI metabolite and possession of Methamphetamine,” Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine; a class B misdemeanor charge for driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body; another class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; a class C misdemeanor for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement; and a class B misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Henderson was booked on $7,030 bail. He has since posted bail and been released from custody, according to current bookings information.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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9 Comments

  • ladybugavenger October 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Nice play on words…and geeeeeez the whole sock thing, I mean meth always ends up in my sock, and I have no idea where it comes from….dang even the dryer eats one sock…where did it go? And the other one has meth in it..Where did that come from? Its not mine…..please LOL. Put a sock in it

  • ladybugavenger October 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I picked up the wrong socks. What? This sock has meth in it? I picked up the wrong socks. They looked like mine. But they must have been the neighbors socks because I was using the apartment complex laundry facilities…there you go, there’s your defense…and hey shhhhhhhh the next time don’t drive without insurance and registration while carrying meth, it’s our secret I won’t tell. And obey all traffic laws.

  • koolaid October 26, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    He wasn’t doing any illegal sock-hop (dancing), or he’d really be in trouble. Go lightly on him. Besides, what’s a little meth compared to the high rate of prescription drug abuse in Utah?

  • Burton October 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    And this is exactly why sgpd and st. George city council doesn’t want people dancing in Washington county! It could mess up evidence!

  • InShock October 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    so then they socked it to him.

  • Zonkerb October 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yep another candidate for city council

  • Herd October 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

    He should not have strayed from the herd and kept to the acceptable practice of pain killers, anti-depressants, diet pills and other drugs consumed by the Utah masses.

  • My Evil Twin October 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Rough crowd in here today! 🙂

  • sagemoon October 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Nice writing, Devan. You made me smile today.

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