By Travis Uresk
At around 1:48 a.m., Officer Christensen was patrolling around Roosevelt, traveling West on 200 North, when he observed a vehicle with a tail light not working. Christensen turned around and got behind the vehicle as it pulled into the McDonald's parking lot at 621 East 200 North.
Officer Christensen initiated a traffic stop by turning on his overhead lights. A male and two females were inside the vehicle in the front seat. The Officer explained to the driver the reason for the stop. It was because his vehicle had a tail light that was not working.
The driver was asked for his driver's license, proof of insurance, and registration. The driver stated he didn't have his driver's license on him but told the Officer his name and date of birth. He was identified as 50-year-old Billy Everette Burch.
Dispatch returned saying Billy had a suspended driver's license and two active warrants. Billy had one warrant out of 8th District Court Roosevelt for a $300 cash bail only and one warrant out of 8th District Court Duchesne- No Bail.
Officer Christensen had Billy step out of the vehicle and placed him under arrest for his warrants. After Billy was placed inside the patrol vehicle, Cpl Harrison arrived on the scene and had his K9 do a free air sniff around Billy's vehicle.
The K9 alerted to illegal narcotics in the vehicle and conducted a vehicle search.
The Officers found a glass pipe with a testable amount of a crystal-like substance inside. The pipe was found on the driver's side of the vehicle on the floorboard. There was a cooler behind the driver's seat with four opened bottles of alcohol within reach of the driver.
Billy was read his Miranda Warning and stated he understood his rights.
Officer Christensen asked Billy about the meth pipe, and he stated it was not his. Billy was asked when was the last time he used meth. Billy replied he had used meth about five hours ago. Christensen also asked about the opened alcohol bottles, and Billy stated they were not his and that he doesn't drink alcohol.
Billy is being charged with:
Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I/II Analog - 58-37-8(2)(B)(II), Use of possession of drug paraphernalia - 58-37a-5(1), Open Container in a Vehicle on a Highway - 41-6a-526(3), and Drive on Suspended or Revoke license - 53-3-227(1).
Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I/II Analog - will be enhanced to a felony three because of priors.
Billy was transported to the Uintah Basin Medical Center for a medical clearance. After Billy was medically cleared, he was transported to the Duchesne County Jail to be booked in.