CEDAR CITY — An Ivins man is in police custody after he was arrested Friday for driving under the influence and for possessing drugs inside the Iron County Jail.
At approximately 12:09 p.m. Friday, Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Hoyt received information that drivers were calling in with complaints about a white Dodge Caravan swerving all over Interstate 15, Hoyt said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. One complainant continued to follow the vehicle.
At mile marker 56, Hoyt witnessed the van in question pass him, along with the concerned citizen and another driver pointing toward the Caravan, Hoyt said in the statement.
When Hoyt initiated a traffic stop, the van first stopped in the middle of the Exit 57 off-ramp before continuing on to the bottom of the off-ramp and stopping again.
“I told the driver multiple times to show me both hands out the window,” Hoyt said in the statement. “He failed to do so.”
The driver pulled the car forward once more, taking it off the road. The driver then complied with the officer’s request.
Upon making contact with the driver, whom he identified as 24-year-old Nelson Tom, Hoyt discovered Tom’s driver’s license was currently revoked. Tom tested negative for alcohol on a portable breath test, but he failed to pass field sobriety tests.
Tom was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, unsafe lane travel and driving on a revoked driver’s license. He was booked into the Iron County Jail.
Inside the Caravan Tom had been driving, investigators found multiple spoons with burnt residue on them, syringe caps and pieces of balloons, Hoyt said. While at the jail, Tom told a deputy he had used benzodiazepine, Klonopin and oxycodone.
During a strip-search at the jail, a deputy discovered multiple items in Tom’s rectal area, Hoyt said.
“A spoon with burnt residue on it, a syringe and a towel with a black substance consistent with black tar heroin was retrieved,” Hoyt said. “I responded to the jail, and along with medical personnel, we transported Mr. Tom to Valley View Medical Center for clearance.”
While at the hospital, the deputy also discovered a pink balloon between Tom’s toes, the statement said. Tom said the balloon contained Suboxone.
Additional charges were filed against Tom following his arrest. He was additionally charged with one third-degree felony for possession of a controlled substance; three class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license; and a class C misdemeanor for failure to stay in one lane.
Tom’s bail for release is set at $12,500, cash or bond. According to court documents, he remains in police custody at the time of this publication.
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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