Jail strip search uncovers more than dirty laundry for DUI driver

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.

Nelson Tom booking photo posted Dec. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff's Office
Nelson Tom, booking photo posted Dec. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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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  • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    A spoon , a syringe, and a towel? Like a beach towel and a soup spoon or what? Now that’s funny right there…

  • My Evil Twin December 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Good grief, Tom must have expected to be arrested. Or robbed. I can’t imagine any other reason to “keister” that stuff! Sheesh. (“Bend over and spread ’em, now cough.”) 🙂

  • ladybugavenger December 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I could have gone all day without knowing all the items in his rectum….a towel, really?

  • IN THE GAME December 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I stayed at a cheap hotel in Detroit last year. The towel there had a brown tar like substance on it as well, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t heroin.

  • Koolaid December 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Did the Dixie boys tell him to bend over and baaaaah like a sheep, bark like a dog and whinny like a horse?

  • Festus December 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Everything up his bum besides the kitchen sink.. Hope he put the cap on the syringe prior to insertion.. Yikes

  • Burton December 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    My …! I would assume if I were hiding objects such as spoons in the lower region I would probably be driving a bit erratic myself! When is it going to stop with all the druggies in southern utah?
    Ed. ellipsis

  • Golden Pond on December 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    HA HA HA

    Thank you when we got to the towel that was getting funny, but a balloon between his toes too?

    HA HA HA

    No wonder he drove so crooked! Busy guy, Dain Bramage and all.

  • JW December 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Was it a blue towel with white stripes and bloodshot eyes?

  • Evil twins mommy December 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    With some spiritual guidance and the proper assistance he so truly deserves to overcome his drug addiction and with some hard work and patience he will become a constructive member of society. A Truly Wonderful Holiday Season to all

    • Koolaid December 24, 2014 at 1:46 am

      and another worthy cause for a fundraiser…

  • Dan Lester December 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Evil Twins Mommy I’ve seen your kind and loving comments on all of these poor misguided individuals today who have run afoul of the evil men in blue and brown. I agree that they should get love and affection, and find it so generous of you to bail them out and allow them to move into your home with your family. This is the ultimate expression of the Christmas Spirit. In order to help you with this fine work, let me know where to send it, and I’ll send you two bits to assist with it.

    • My Evil Twin December 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Dan, you do realize that the twerp posting as Evil Twins Mommy is the same silly little kid that has been posting as ZonkerB for weeks, if not months, don’t you? I may be wrong, but I think he is also posting as Smelly Shelly.
      This kid has been a little jerk for weeks, and suddenly right before Christmas is presenting this false front of being a caring person.
      I think the kid is a total nut case with issues with his/her gender, his general identity, and with his mother. Just an educated guess though about all that.

      • Dan Lester December 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        I have no clue who most of the people posting on here are. I’m one of the few who uses his real name instead of some silly fake name (pseudonym, for those who understand “big words”). And, actually, I don’t care.

        For the person with the addicted son, I hope he gets some serious “inside treatment”, meaning in an institution. And that he gets it. That’s what it took for my daughter to get off of 12 years of meth. In jail in another state. It IS possible, but as a recovering alcoholic, I know how tough it is for the harder drugs than booze. It takes tough love. They must be kicked out, not coddled at home, etc. We took one son who wanted “help” with his problems to the Rescue Mission. Said “see ya, call us some day”. Tough love is tough to do, but vital. The son got clean too and is now a productive man with children and a job.

        • Joe Smith December 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

          Is your “tough love” part of the reason your kid was an addict for 12 years maybe?

        • Joe Smith December 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

          and nothing personal dan, just a passing observation…

  • my son December 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    This guy is my son who has been battling heroin addiction for over 7yrs without overcoming his addiction this has been a vicious cycle for our family. I am glad he didn’t kill anyone out there on the road including himself. I know there will be many more comments to come. I have a younger son who I pray will be able to stay strong through all this. Peace

    • Joe Smith December 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I think jail will probably be the best thing for him at this point. Not even joking…

      • Koolaid December 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

        Truth to that. The best thing for druggies is to lock them up to keep them away from drugs.

      • Dan Lester December 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        No question. See my comments on msg above. Do NOT bail him out. Do not “take him in”. etc. etc. etc.

  • sagemoon December 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Dang junkie! Blessings for your family, My Son.

  • Dr. Marrix Mass December 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Lucky that’s all they found. We completed a search at Topeckia county incarceration center and found set keys from 1978 Chevy, dd flash light, wrapped ham sandwich, and to tiny Hispanics with a lisp caring two bagging of coke. We filled the cell before yelling O’lay

  • real life December 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Well St. G News, this is what you are gonna get in the comment section when posting a story about a guy with numerous items up his butt.

  • Prongs December 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    It amazes me that DUIs and paraphernalia and even some other drug charges are less than other charges such as dr. Shopping, which isn’t a real charge: only in Utah

  • Joe Smith December 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I was thinking it is kind of odd that the police would release such personal info as to what items were found in a suspect’s rectum, as if the rectal search in it’s own right wasn’t intrusive enough. This guy is going to get made fun of for a long time by his buddies(if he’s got any)…

  • Nice Guy December 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    very mature that you guys have to talk really about about a person that has a disease I thought were in Utah or people don’t judge people and there’s Mormons in this town right and your damn bicycles so please think before you talk bad about people a lot of you have no room to talk about him he’s my friendand he’s really good guy and works hard and is very loyal so please think before you talk I know it’s hard sometimes are we all human here?

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