Lucky driver avoids arrest

By Carter Pape
The Times-Independent

Moab City Police stopped a driver around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 after a report of erratic driv-ing. According to an incident report, police suspected that the driver was under the influence of marijuana at the time, but he performed satisfactorily on a number of sobriety tests.

After performing the tests and searching his car, police escorted the driver to a nearby inn for the night so that he could get sober before continuing to drive.

Dispatch was contacted about 30 minutes before the stop about the driver, whom the caller said was driving in and out of the lane and speeding up and slowing down.

According to the report, upon making contact with the driver, the reporting officer im-mediately smelled marijuana. He also observed the driver’s eyes to be droopy and swollen and the whites of his eyes to be “quite off-white.”

According to the report, police found bottles of alcohol in the vehicle, most of which were empty, but some still had a few drops inside. They also found drug paraphernalia with mari-juana residue, which the driver says he had gotten in Cortez, Colorado earlier in the day.

The driver was cited for driving with an expired license and for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Police also gave the driver warnings for hav-ing open containers of alcohol in the vehicle and for failing to turn on his headlights after dark.