Man driving 109 mph on I-15 nabbed for felony drug possession, DUI

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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.

Daniel Peng, of Bellflower, California, booking photo posted Oct. 6, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s booking, for  St. George News
Daniel Peng, of Bellflower, California, booking photo posted Oct. 6, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s booking, for St. George News

“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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20 Comments

  • Mary October 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Over a 100 mph While holding substantial quantities ?

    I’m shocked this idiot made it to 25 and wasn’t in jail already !

    • Lance October 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      No kidding, whenever I transport narctics I keep it within 5mph of the legal limit.

  • Missy October 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

    WOW!!! 109, 80 wasn’t fast enough.

    • indy-vfr October 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Simply trying to keep up with other traffic!

  • Old Man October 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hope she used her pink handcuffs on this jerk.

  • Big Pharma October 10, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Thank goodness this individual was apprehended with that load of illicit pharmaceuticals. There seems be an over abundance of “unlicensed pharmacists” showing up in these parts lately. Kudos to Officer Bambi.

  • indy-vfr October 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Out on the street already? Probably had to get up to SLC city and haul a load back to So Cal.

    • Shinob Kibe October 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I think you might be confused about the direction in which illegal drugs flow in this region

  • joanna October 10, 2014 at 10:56 am

    If he ever has a bachelor party, maybe Officer Bambi could come back and re-arrest him for being a naughty boy. Seriously though, glad the officer stopped this freak before he killed someone.

  • sagemoon October 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    PARTAY!!! Are the Grateful Dead touring again?

  • Slim October 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Utah has a trooper named “Bambi” ? That’s the most interesting part of this story.

  • groanattack October 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, and she is a real Dear!

  • Zonkerb October 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The state of Utard goes after drug dealers but won’t do anything about polygamy or child abuse or enslaving women and tax fraud from these LDS polygamist as they claim excempt on their taxes while all these women and children get FREE state assistance paid for by the taxes from the honest hard working people that struggle to make ends meet while these LDS polygamist pigs get a free ride

    • Lance October 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Does it bother you that the govt. pursues druggies more than church people?

  • Koolaid October 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Nothing unusual about driving over 100 mph, not around here. That seems typical of many idiot Dixie drivers. Even a state trooper drove that fast down a busy city street in St George, killed a couple of women, but of course, according to Dixie standards regarding women versus men, they were to blame

    • Bobber October 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Don’t remember that one.

  • Steve October 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    What happened after he was released with such a small bail? Did he still have a driver’s license? Did he get the car back? Is he a danger to other people? We need follow-up to this story.

  • Zonkerb October 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hey lmao he’s not in Utah

  • ladybugavenger October 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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