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A Traffic Stop Gets Physical, One Goes To Jail

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Posted by Travis Uresk | March 5th, 2023 | Drugs |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 2/23/23, A vehicle was traveling north on Vernal Avenue around 200 south when Detective Gardenheir noticed the two occupants weren't wearing their seat belts.

Gardenheir initiated a traffic stop at 75 south 200 west. When he approached the vehicle, the driver had her seat belt buckled behind her. The driver confirmed her identity as Audra Brunner and the passenger as Jessica Mendoza.

Detective Gardenheir returned to his patrol vehicle to run a records check while waiting for an Officer with a K9 to respond to his location.

Cpl Pummell showed up to the scene with his K9 to do an air sniff around the vehicle, which the K9 alerted to illegal order of narcotics.

They had Audra exit the vehicle. When they asked Jessica to exit the vehicle, she refused.

Detective Gardenheir told Jessica that if she refused to exit, she would be arrested for obstruction of justice. Gardenheir told Jessica several times to exit the vehicle, but she kept refusing.

Gardenheir unlocked the door, and Officer Borrelli, Cpl Plummell, pulled Jessica from the vehicle. She started resisting from being placed in handcuffs and had to be held against the vehicle and forcefully put her hands behind her back so she could be handcuffed.

During the search of the vehicle, Officer Burrelli found a pink purse belonging to Jessica, and inside were 4 syringes inside a bag that appeared to be new. 2 other syringes were found, 1 had a clear liquid inside, and the other had a dark-colored liquid.

The syringes were later tested and were positive for methamphetamine.

Jessica was transported to Uintah County Jail and booked on the charges.


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