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A Vehicle Is Stopped When A Juvenile Is Seen Standing On The Center Seat


5/24/24


| Vernal, Ut. | May 18th, 2024 |


A Vernal City Officer was turning westbound on US-40 from 1500 South when the light changed. A white SUV traveled through the light going eastbound. The officer saw a juvenile out of a car seat standing on the center seat.


Officer McGaha turned around and made a traffic stop at 2000 West 1500 South. The officer made contact with the female driver and the child was sitting in the center seat without a seatbelt, and neither was the driver.


Officer McGaha asked for their driver's license or ID and insurance. The female provided a name and date of birth, identifying her as 29-year-old Leah Dianne Porter, who admitted she possibly had a warrant for her arrest.


While the officer was sitting in his patrol truck performing a driver check, he saw Leah hanging a punched Utah driver’s license out of the window. Dispatch returned there was a valid warrant for Leah.


Leah was advised she was under arrest and was asked if she had anything on her person that would cause an extra felony charge at the jail if she were to go into the scanner. Initially, she changed the subject to the crying juvenile in the car.


Officer McGaha asked again, and she paused, looking around; the officer said that's a, yes? She stated it was, and she had something in her bra. The officer asked her to retrieve it.


Leah retrieved a small jewelry baggie with a white crystal substance known to be methamphetamine. Leah was asked what it was, and she stated it was meth. She stated that it was probably less than a ball. A ball is approximately 3.5g.


The male passenger (husband) and the juvenile exited the vehicle and started to search the open door of the car on the passenger side. Officer McGaha then asked Leah if there was anything else.


Leah stated there was a meth pipe in the car. She was advised of her Miranda rights, and she advised the meth pipe was in the driver's door. In the driver's door, a meth pipe with suspected methamphetamine inside with burn marks on the pipe was located at the driver's door.


Leah was allowed to console her 2-year-old son, smoke cigarettes, and talk to her husband. Officer McGaha placed her into handcuffs at the patrol truck after the juvenile was seated back in the car.


Dispatch was asked to perform a criminal history check and a prior conviction of possession of a controlled substance in 2020. This new charge will enhance the charges to a 3rd-degree felony.


According to the affidavit, she was later released.


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