HURRICANE – While investigating a complaint about a man speeding through a neighborhood with children in it Thursday, police arrested a 50-year-old Hurricane man after learning he failed to register his address on the sex offender registry.
Police were dispatched to a trailer park in Hurricane where a man driving a black Jaguar was allegedly speeding and spinning the car tires, making the car slide sideways, according to a probable cause statement written by Hurricane City Police Officer Kacen Gubler in support of the arrest.
The witness was reportedly concerned for the safety of her kids.
When Gubler knocked on the door of the trailer where the Jaguar had been parked, Brandyn Wayd Black answered the door and the smell of burnt marijuana emitted from within the residence, the statement said.
Gubler ran Black’s information through dispatch while questioning him about the smell of marijuana and the owner of the black Jaguar. Black told Gubler the owner of the Jaguar was one of the two men who had just left prior to the officer’s arrival.
When Black’s information came back from dispatch, Gubler was advised that Black was a lifetime sex offender, the statement said.
Black admitted to living at the trailer “off and on,” according to the probable cause statement. However, he had not registered the address as his current residence on the registered sex offender list.
Neighbors told police they had seen Black at the trailer for over two months and a copy of the lease agreement showed Black as a roommate on the lease as of Feb. 27.
Gubler asked Black if he could enter the residence and Black told him he could not, Gubler said in the statement.
A search warrant for the residence was obtained. During a search of the trailer, police located various items of drug paraphernalia, wax that tested positive for marijuana, residue which tested positive for opium, as well as a long hunting knife with a blade approximately 5 inches long and a handle with built-in brass knuckles, according to the statement of probable cause.
Black was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a second-degree felony for drug possession; a third-degree felony for failure to register as a sex offender; and two class A misdemeanors for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Because of the location of the trailer, Black’s drug charges were enhanced because it falls within a drug-free zone – within 1,000 feet of Hurricane High school.
His bail pending trial stands at $18,886.
Black made his initial court appearance Friday and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on April 27.
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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