IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office reports three separate and unrelated traffic stop incidents resulted in felony drug arrests over the weekend.
The first incident happened just before midnight Thursday. Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle near 1st St. and Woodruff Ave. for multiple traffic violations. As a deputy walked up to the vehicle, he observed a male in the back seat hide a small baggie of methamphetamine under his leg. The male, later identified as 27-year-old Patrick M. McCarthy, was asked by the deputy to hand over the baggie. McCarthy briefly attempted to push the baggie further underneath his leg before eventually giving it to the deputy. McCarthy was detained and during a search of his person several items of drug paraphernalia were found. The baggie was later found to contain approximately one gram of methamphetamine.
During this time, a second deputy detained the driver, identified as 44-year-old Jason M. Greer, after discovering he had multiple active Bonneville County Warrants for his arrest. Deputies located a small vial containing approximately six grams of Methamphetamine in the driver seat where Greer was sitting.
Both Greer and McCarthy were transported to the Bonneville County Jail where both were booked in on multiple charges. During the booking process, items of drug paraphernalia were located on Greer’s person which resulted in a charge for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia along with his outstanding warrants and a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine. McCarthy was booked on a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The second incident took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday. Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in a gas station parking lot near 1st St. and Woodruff Ave. after observing several traffic violations. As they approached the vehicle, deputies observed the female driver, who identified herself as 34-year-old Kelsey Pauline Schlenker, and a male passenger shuffling around as if they were hiding items in their clothing and the passenger compartment. The male passenger, later identified as 27-year-old Adrian Eli Reader, began to argue with deputies about the stop and was asked to stand outside of the vehicle so the deputy could issue a citation to Schlenker.
During this time, Reader was talking on his phone to someone about the stop and was jumping up and down yelling erratically. In the process, deputies observed a metal straw they recognized as drug paraphernalia fall from Reader’s clothing on to the ground. Reader denied the straw belonged to him and continued to behave erratically after being told by deputies to place his hands behind his back. During this time, Reader pulled away from the deputies and tried to run away but was quickly caught and taken to the ground. Reader continued to resist but after a brief struggle he was handcuffed and secured in a patrol car.
Another deputy arrived on scene and advised his K-9 partner alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle produced items of drug paraphernalia, in particular another metal straw matching what fell from Reader’s clothing, and a container with just over one gram of heroin in the passenger seat area where Reader had been sitting. Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were also found underneath the driver seat of the vehicle.
Both Reader and Schlenker were transported to the Bonneville County Jail where Reader was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. During the booking process, Schlenker was found to be in possession of three prescription narcotics hidden in her clothing. Schlenker was charged with a felony count of introducing contraband into a jail facility and misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The third incident occured Saturday at 7:00a.m. A Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputy working in the Ammon Division located a vehicle in front of Deseret Industries on E. 17th St. parked partially on the sidewalk facing on-coming traffic. As the deputy approached, he noticed the driver appeared to be passed out with the vehicle still running and in drive. After several attempts to wake the driver by shouting and knocking on the windows, the deputy was able to gain entry through an unlocked door and put the vehicle in park.
In the process the driver, identified as 28-year-old Zachary Scott Davis, came to and began talking to the deputy, who noticed a small amount of marijuana residue in Davis’s lap. The deputy then had Davis perform Field Sobriety Testing which indicated he was too impaired to drive. A search was conducted on Davis’s vehicle, and deputies located needles and several items of drug paraphernalia associated with illegal drug use. A partially smoked marijuana cigarette was also located along with one half of a fentanyl “Dirty 30” pill.
Davis was transported to the hospital to obtain a blood sample for evidentiary testing and then to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.