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During a traffic stop, a man almost gets away without going to jail for his warrants


1/1/24


Vernal, Ut. Officer Nielsen assisted Officer Mcgaha with a traffic stop on 12/27/23 at 350 North 300 West. When Officer Nielsen arrived, Officer Mcgaha already had the male identified as 37-year-old Devan Stewart.


Officer Mcgaha was informed by dispatch that Devan had three active Statewide warrants. Officer Mcgaha informed Officer Nielsen that he wouldn't be placing Deven under arrest for the warrants.


Officer Nielsen confirmed with dispatch that the warrants were indeed for Devon and active. Nielsen then placed Deven in handcuffs and then conducted a search incident to arrest on Deven,


Officer Nielsen found a baggie containing a white crystal-like substance in his left front sweatpants pocket. When Deven was asked what it was, she stated it was meth. The search was complete, and he was transported to the Uintah County Jail.


After arriving at the jail, Officer Nielsen searched his patrol vehicle where Deven was seated. A tooter was found on the floorboard that contained a white burnt residue consistent with meth. The officer knew this paraphernalia belonged to Deven because he said he cleaned and searched his patrol truck after every transport.


After reviewing his rear camera inside his patrol truck showed Deven looking around throughout the transport and then looking down at his feet.


Devan was booked into the Uintah County Jail for Possession of Methamphetamine, a 3rd-degree Felony, due to previous charges, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Misdemeanor B, and four Misdemeanor B Statewide Warrants.




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