Suspended Driver with a “Borrowed” Jacket Goes to Jail
A driver, arrested for driving with a suspended license, claims he was “borrowing” the jacket he was wearing from a friend when drugs were located in the pocket during a traffic stop.
On August 27, 2017, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Roman Maier observed a vehicle with a defective headlight in the area of Sprague and Skipworth in Spokane Valley.
Deputy Maier conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and contacted the driver, 50 year-old Jeffrey B. Jenkins. Deputy Maier learned Jenkins’ driving privileges were suspended and arrested him for the traffic misdemeanor.
During a search incident to arrest, Deputy Maier located a small container in the pocket of the jacket Jenkins was wearing. A brown substance and a wrapped paper with a white crystal substance inside were found in the container.
After being advised of his rights, Jenkins stated he was only borrowing the jacket from a friend. He said he had no idea what the substances found in the container were but admitted he uses methamphetamine.
The substances were field tested and showed a presumptive positive result of Heroin and Methamphetamine.
Jenkins was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin & Methamphetamine). He was issued a misdemeanor citation for Drive while Suspended.