LAVERKIN – A St. George woman was arrested in LaVerkin Monday after an attempt-to-locate bulletin was issued for a stolen vehicle out of Hurricane and an alert police officer on patrol spotted the vehicle.
Shortly before 1 a.m., the stolen vehicle pulled into the Maverik gas station, located at 460 N. State St. in LaVerkin, and the officer pulled in behind it, LaVerkin City Police Officer Dennis Wolsleger said in the probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was discovered to be 20-year-old Tori Anne Chidester, the statement said. She and her male passenger were handcuffed.
After calling for backup and receiving permission from the vehicle’s owner, officers searched the vehicle.
During the search, officers located Chidester’s purse, which contained syringes inside of it, Wolsleger said in the statement. Inside one of the syringe caps was a substance that tested positive for heroin.
Chidester was asked if she had anything else on her person, and she told officers “no,” according to the statement. Chidester was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
“When (Chidester) was taken back to the cell,” Wolsleger said in the statement, “there was a small bag with black small granules in it found in her bra.”
Chidester admitted to jail staff that the substance was heroin, the statement said.
Chidester was charged with a second-degree felony for theft, a third-degree felony for drug possession, and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
She made her initial court appearance Tuesday and is scheduled to make her next court appearance on Feb. 17.
This was not Chidester’s first run-in with the law. She was convicted of two counts of drug possession in December 2014, according to Utah state court records, and was placed on probation.
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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