IRON COUNTY — Utah Highway Patrol arrested a 25-year-old California man for possession of multiple drugs, driving under the influence, speeding and failure to register a vehicle after he was pulled over for a traffic stop on Interstate 15 near milepost 99 Monday night.
Late Monday night, UHP trooper Bambi Baie stopped Daniel Peng, of Bellflower, California, for going 109 mph in an 80 mph zone near a ranch exit just outside Beaver County.
“The odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle,” Baie said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. “The driver would not give consent. I search based on plain smell.”
Inside the vehicle, Baie said she located marijuana, hash, mushrooms, acid, DMT, hydrocodone, methylphenidate and other prescription medications without a prescription bottle. Multiple marijuana pipes, bongs and other paraphernalia were also found in the vehicle, Baie said.
“The driver admitted that he had been smoking within a few hours of this stop,” Baie said in the statement. “Due to his admitting to using marijuana within hours of this stop I took him into custody for DUI metabolite along with drug charges.”
A urine test conducted at Baie’s office following the arrest came back positive for THC.
Peng was booked into the Iron County Jail on five counts of possession of schedule 1 and 2 drugs, all third-degree felonies; possession of schedule 3, 4 and 5 drugs, class A misdemeanors; possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving with a measurable controlled substance, no proof of insurance and speed regulations, all class B misdemeanors; and failure to register vehicle, a class C misdemeanor.
Peng was held on $5,000 bail but has since been released from custody, according to current bookings information.
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