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A Woman’s Excuse For Driving 105 MPH Was, “I Was Driving That Fast To Keep The Engine Cool Because It Was Overheating.”


| Uintah County | June 30th, 2024 |

A Utah Highway Patrolman was traveling eastbound on US-40 near mile marker 171 when a red Ford Focus traveling westbound was quickly catching up to traffic in front of it.

The trooper's front radar confirmed the vehicle's speed to be 105 mph. As the car passed Trooper Searle, he turned on his rear radar. The rear radar confirmed the vehicle was traveling at 105 mph with a clear audible tone. At 6:40 p.m., Trooper Searle conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near mile marker 169.

Trooper Searle introduced himself and explained the reason for the stop. The driver apologized for the speed and explained she was driving that fast to keep the engine cool because it was overheating.

The driver was asked for her license, and she identified as 34-year-old Odell Shine Shanel Black.

The trooper asked Black for the registration and insurance for the vehicle. During the conversation, a detection of the odor of marijuana came from the vehicle. Black was asked if she or unknown her male passenger had a medical marijuana card, and she informed the trooper they did not. Black was informed that the trooper could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Black informed him they had just given a friend a ride to Colorado, and the friend might have had some marijuana. Black was asked to step out of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle was performed, and in the glove box, Trooper Searle found a used THC vape cartridge. In the center console was a receipt from Rocky Mountain Cannabis dated 6/30/24 and time stamped as 1831 hours, showing the purchase of approximately 8 grams of marijuana.

Trooper Searle asked Black about the missing marijuana, and she informed him her friends were smoking in the vehicle last night and suggested the trooper was smelling that. Black was informed he found the receipt, and she then told the trooper she purchased some marijuana for her friend and her aunt because they did not have their IDs with them. Black explained the marijuana stayed with her aunt in Colorado.

The unknown passenger was listening to the conversation and stated that the aunt's name was Betty, while Black stated it was Leana.

Trooper Searle asked Black if she threw out the marijuana before stopping, and she informed me she did not. During their conversation, the trooper could detect the odor of alcohol emitting from Black's person. He asked Black if she had consumed any alcohol, and she informed him she had earlier in the day. He asked if she used any marijuana, and she told the trooper she did while in Colorado.

Black was asked to perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests and observed the following:

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: During the medical portion, I observed that Black had equal tracking in both eyes. I asked Black if she was wearing contacts or glasses. Black informed me she was not but had a prescription. I asked Black if she had problems seeing far away or up close. Black informed me she struggled with both and was required to wear bifocals due to her astigmatism.

"I asked Black if she could see my finger and she informed me she could kind of see it. While checking for equal tracking, I observed that Black was following my finger correctly. I asked Black if she was on any medication, and she informed me she was on several. During the test, I observed a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes. I observed Black was following my finger during this test and would occasionally jump ahead."

"When I asked her to focus on my finger, she would look right at it and apologize for trying to anticipate my movements. I observed distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes. I observed Black again following my finger correctly with her eyes. I observed the onset of nystagmus prior to forty-five degrees in both eyes. Again, Black followed my finger correctly with her eyes and even followed it downward as I marked where I saw the onset of nystagmus. I observed six of six clues on this test."

Lack of Convergence: During this test, I observed Black following my finger correctly with her eyes and observed that her right eye would not converge in both tests.

She refused when asked to perform the nine-step walk and turn, the one-leg stand.

Black blew into the trooper’s preliminary breath test, and she tested positive for alcohol.

At 7:10 p.m., it was determined that Black was not safe to operate the motor vehicle at the time of the stop and was placed under arrest. At 7:26 p.m., Black was read her Miranda Rights, and she informed the trooper she didn't want to speak with him further. The same was true for Black's unknown male passenger.

Trooper Searle transported Black to the Uintah Basin Medical Center in Vernal at 8:27 p.m. to retrieve two vials of blood that were taken from her left arm.

At 8:38 p.m., Black was booked into the Uintah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving.

Odell Shine Shanel Black was later released from jail.

All the articles that come from are from the affidavits & probable cause reports that the officers write. If you would like you can get a copy of the report from the website below. It does cost money to open every document you want to read. You can also look up any case in the state of Utah from this site.

Car Overheating: What Causes It and What to Do About It to Stay Safe

No where in this article about overheating does it say to drive 105 mph to cool your engine down.


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