HURRICANE – A 20-year-old Hurricane City man was arrested on several felony drug and weapons charges Friday night, after a police officer’s quick observations led to his initial stop.
According to the probable cause statement filed in connection with the arrest, Hurricane City Police Officer Kacen Gubler was on patrol when he observed Zachary Stout driving a vehicle with a teen girl as a passenger.
“I knew Zachary Stout had four warrants for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license,” Gubler wrote in the probable cause statement.
After getting the vehicle stopped, Gubler approached Stout and asked him if there was anything illegal such as drugs or weapons in the car. According to the statement, Stout told the officer there was not.
After another officer arrived on scene, the officers began to instruct the occupants of the vehicle to exit. According to the statement, as the teen girl exited the vehicle, a loaded handgun became exposed. Stout then exited the vehicle and was arrested for his outstanding warrants and driving on a suspended driver’s license.
Again, Gubler asked Stout if there was anything else in the vehicle, Gubler said in the statement, and again Stout told him “no” and gave officers permission to search his vehicle.
During the search, officers found another handgun with a full-clip, a black bag containing a low-weight scale, small clear baggies, and a baggy half-full of methamphetamine, the probable cause statement said, and as officers continued their search of the vehicle, more methamphetamine was located in the center console.
Stout was then transported and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony; a restricted person in possession of a weapon, a third-degree felony; endangering a child, a third-degree felony; two counts of possession of paraphernalia, a class-A misdemeanor; driving on a suspended license, a class-B misdemeanor; no proof of insurance, a class-B misdemeanor; violation of carrying a loaded weapon, a class-B misdemeanor; and four unrelated misdemeanor warrants.
Stout is still in custody as this report is published and bail for his release stands at $29,335.
“This is an example of great proactive police work,” Sgt. Brandon Buell of the Hurricane Police Department said. “This Officer was aware of who and what was going on in his community and, therefore, we were able to get loaded firearms and drugs off of the streets of our community.”
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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