Traf­fic stop leads to drug ar­rests

The Covington News - - CRIME - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

A man and woman from Ox­ford were ar­rested early Thurs­day af­ter a traf­fic stop for a non-work­ing tag light turned up a war­rant and drugs.

Ac­cord­ing to a Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment (CPD) re­port, Of­fi­cer Matt Hol­brook was pa­trolling the area of Hwy-278 and West Street at 1:30 a.m. April 6 when he was passed by a black Dodge Dakota truck that did not have a work­ing tag light.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Hol­brook stopped the ve­hi­cle at West Street and Emory Street and ap- proached it to make con­tact with the driver, iden­ti­fied as Michael Waldrip, 47. As he spoke to Waldrip, the of­fi­cer re­port­edly no­ticed a see through orange con­tainer that ap­peared to con­tain mar­i­juana next to the pas­sen­ger’s leg.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, when Hol­brook asked if it was mar­i­juana, the pas­sen­ger, iden­ti­fied as Sherry Pratt, 43, grabbed the con­tainer and at­tempted to put it in her purse. She handed it over to the of­fi­cer when told to do so and Hol­brook was re­port­edly able to see that it did con­tain mar­i­juana.

When asked for his driver’s li­cense, Waldrip re­port­edly said he didn’t have one. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, when Hol­brook checked Waldrip’s name and birth date, the dis­patcher in­formed him that Waldrip had a sus­pended li­cense and a war­rant out of Dou­glas County.

Af­ter plac­ing Waldrip un­der ar­rest, Hol­brook re­turned to the ve­hi­cle and asked Pratt to step out. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, as she was ex­it­ing the ve­hi­cle, Hol­brook no­ticed a glass smok­ing pipe in plain view on the floor­board be­hind the seat. While search­ing the ve­hi­cle, Hol­brook found a cig­a­rette pack which re­port­edly con­tained a bag of meth- am­phet­a­mine next to the glass pipe. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, there was also a wooden smok­ing pipe that ap­peared to have mar­i­juana residue in it.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Waldrip was ar­rested on the war­rant. Ad­di­tion­ally, he was charged with a tag light vi­o­la­tion, driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense, pos­ses­sion of drug re­lated ob­jects, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than an ounce and pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine. Pratt was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of dru­gre­lated ob­jects, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than an ounce and pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine.

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