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Obstructed License Plate Traffic Stop Turns Into Arrest

Posted 2/11/2013 1:21 PM by MDGREGORY

On Saturday February 9th at approximately 7:34 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Hilton was unable to read the rear license plate of a dark colored SUV he observed travelling northbound on Havana from 14th Ave.

Deputy Hilton conducted a traffic stop and contacted the female driver of the vehicle at Pratt Ave. and Cuba St. The female told him she lost her driver’s license but verbally provided a name and date of birth. As she did this, she hesitated and seemed to be searching for answers which made it appear she was not telling the truth. Deputy Getchell, who had arrived to assist, checked the information she provided and was advised there was no record found.

The female was asked to exit the vehicle and was detained. She then admitted she didn’t give her real name and identified herself as 29-year-old, Sheena K. Eller. A records check for Eller showed she had an active Department of Corrections felony warrant for Escape Community Custody and a misdemeanor warrant for Theft. Eller was advised she was now arrested for the warrants and a new misdemeanor charge for Providing False Statements/Information.

During a search of Eller, Deputy Hilton located a digital scale in Eller’s sweatshirt pocket which was covered with a white crystalline substance he recognized as methamphetamine. Deputy Hilton advised Eller of her rights and she admitted the substance on the scale was methamphetamine. She also admitted she lied about her name because she knew she had warrants for her arrest and didn’t want to go to jail.

While transporting Eller to the Spokane County Jail, Deputy Hilton noticed she was moving around a lot and asked her why. She told him her shoulder hurt and she was trying to get comfortable. At the jail, Deputy Hilton again asked her about her movements, if she tried to conceal anything illegal in his backseat or had anything illegal concealed on her person and she said no.

Inside the jail, Deputy Muller conducted a more thorough search and located 2 clear plastic bags containing a white crystalline substance concealed in Eller’s undergarments.

Eller was booked for the felony and misdemeanor warrants and additional new charges of felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Providing False Statement.

The white crystalline substances located on the scale and inside of the 2 plastic bags were field tested and all 3 showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.