Man drives too slow, gets arrested for heroin possession

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WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Colorado man was arrested for alleged possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being pulled over for driving too slow.

Aarione Deshare Anderson
Aarione Deshare Anderson, of Denver, Colorado, booking photo posted Dec. 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Aarione Deshare Anderson, 21, of Denver, Colorado, was pulled over Sunday about 5:30 p.m. on Interstate 15 after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper noticed Anderson’s vehicle traveling northbound in the left lane, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.

Anderson’s vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz SUV, was traveling 65 mph in an 80-mph zone and caused another vehicle to have to brake to avoid a rear-end collision, the statement said. The trooper pulled Anderson over at about mile marker 23.

As the trooper was talking to the driver, he noticed the smell of both burned and raw marijuana in the vehicle, and the occupants told the trooper that they had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle earlier, the statement said.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a plastic-wrapped, golf-ball size substance believed to be heroin, the statement said. In the vehicle, officers also found marijuana, a scale and several empty containers that had marijuana shake in them.

The passenger, a juvenile, was released, and Anderson was arrested and booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Anderson was charged with one class A misdemeanor for possession or use of a schedule I or II controlled substance; two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and a class C misdemeanor for a violation of the minimum speed regulation.

Section 41-6a-605 of the Utah Code states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle at a speed so slow as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when it is necessary for safe operation, on a grade or in compliance with a traffic-control device. It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle on a limited access highway at less than the speed limit, side by side with and at the same speed as a vehicle operated in the adjacent right lane.

Anderson was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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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5 Comments

  • mr.washington December 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    “Section 41-6a-605 of the Utah Code states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle at a speed so slow as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when it is necessary for safe operation” i don’t think that 65 mph is “so slow as to impede or block the normal speed”

    “except when it is necessary for safe operation” it was necessary he was HIGH!!! he was doing himself, his passengers, and other drivers by not going 80 mph stoned. i don’t know about you guys but driving high is not the easiest thing to do especially at 80 mph

    “caused another vehicle to have to brake to avoid a rear end collision” where at on I-15 if it is an 80mph zone doesn’t that mean that its away from residential zones and business zones? if true this parts of the freeway never have heavy or medium traffic why would the other vehicle have to hit its brakes? the freeway is straight, you can see everything in front of you no turns no going over hills or around. the driver that had to “hit their brakes” probably could’ve pulled to the other lane seeing(way before having to hit his brakes) that the driver in front of him wasn’t going the 80 mph limit, just saying.

    “It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle on a limited access highway at less than the speed limit, side by side with and at the same speed as a vehicle operated in the adjacent right lane.” it is illegal to drive less than the speed limit and at the same speeds the vehicle in the right lane?? what the hell does that even mean? and in the “adjacent right lane” doesn’t that mean the vehicle that had to slam its brakes was in the right lane?

    if there was a juvenile with him why didn’t he get in trouble and or why didn’t anderson get charged for having drugs and paraphenila while in the presence of a minor??

    “a scale and several empty containers” then shouldn’t he also be charged with intent to distribute i know it said it had shake in them but still.

    #FREEANDERSON

    • RealMcCoy December 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

      You are a fool.
      Thanks for the laugh though.

      • .... December 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        And you’re a bigger fool ! Thanks for the laugh though

  • ladybugavenger December 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    He was pulled over for having Colorado plates and being black. Going below the speed limit on the freeway???? Who hasn’t done that before. We know the profiling around these parts, out of state plates- suspicious!

  • .... December 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwwn…….borrrrrrrrrrrring

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