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, 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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