ST GEORGE – Bobby Coleman and Yolanda Connelly of California were arrested Monday night, after Utah Highway Patrol stopped the car on St. George Boulevard for littering.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Pratt exited I-15 northbound onto the St. George Boulevard around midnight behind a passenger car with California Plates.
“As the car approached the top of the ramp,” Pratt said, “I observed the passenger throw a lit cigarette out of the window. I had dispatch run the plate of the vehicle before stopping it around 1000 E. St. George Blvd.”
Before Pratt approached the vehicle, dispatch informed him that the vehicle was stolen out of San Diego County, California.
Another Utah Highway Patrol Trooper and St. George Police Officers arrived on scene to assist Pratt.
“Both the driver and passenger came out of the vehicle, and complied with officers,” Pratt said.
Coleman and Connelly were both detained as troopers confirmed with the San Diego County that the vehicle was stolen.
“As I was speaking to Coleman, who was driving, I could tell he was impaired,” Pratt said. “The passenger admitted to having marijuana on her.”
Both Coleman and Connelly were arrested by Pratt and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Coleman was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, a second-degree felony, and driving under the influence, a class-B misdemeanor. His bail is set at $11,405.
Connelly was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class-B misdemeanor, and throwing lighted material from a vehicle, a class-C misdemeanor. Her bail is set at $933.
Both are still in police custody as this report is published.
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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