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A Shoplifter At The Top Stop In Vernal Walks Out Of The Store With A Pair Of Sunglasses

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 26th, 2023 | Drugs & Warrant |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.-On 5/17/23, Deputy Lyman responded to assist Vernal City Officers on a shoplifting detail at the Chevron Top Stop at 1355 East US-40.

The complainant told dispatch that a male subject had stolen a pair of sunglasses and is now walking northbound wearing a red hoodie.

Deputy Lyman was near the area and located an individual matching the description less than a half mile from the store. The Deputy stopped and approached the man, who identified himself as 21-year-old Dreaven Doyle Hunter.

While speaking with Dreaven, dispatch checked for warrants. Dreaven had an outstanding warrant, and Deputy Lyman informed him he was being held for the time being and had Dreaven empty his pockets.

Dreaven admitted to having drug paraphernalia and placed them on the ground. Dreaven continued to empty his pockets and pulled out a red plastic baggie with a pill and several pieces of tin foil.

Deputy Lyman then placed Dreaven in handcuffs and started inspecting the drug paraphernalia. Inside one of the pieces of tin foil were another pill and a burnt substance suspected to be heroin.

Dreaven was read his Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with the Deputy. He was asked about the items that had been found in his pockets, and Dreaven said he had been at another residence and had recently used illegal drugs. He added he believed that the tin foil had meth and/or heroin in it, and he had stolen it from the residence so he could use it and keep himself from withdrawing.

Dreaven stated he had been using illegal drugs frequently and expected to withdraw heavily if he was unable to find any drugs.

Dreaven Hunter was placed in the back of the patrol vehicle and transported to the Uintah County Jail. A clear plastic baggie was located while he was being searched at the jail. Inside the baggie was a white rock substance suspected to be methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl.

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