WASHINGTON CITY – It was a birthday gone bad for a man who took police on a foot chase in Washington City Wednesday and ended up being arrested for selling methamphetamine in a car wash parking lot.
While officers were on patrol, they observed a man make a brief stop at a home known to be frequented by drug users. The man then drove to a car wash approximately 20-30 seconds away, Washington City Police Officer Ryan Ericksen said in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
When the man got to the car wash, he exited his vehicle and immediately got into a car waiting at the car wash, the statement said. About 2-3 minutes later, the man got out of the car and got back into his vehicle.
The man began leaving the area but stopped and re-parked his vehicle when he spotted officers, the statement said. Officers made contact with the man, identified as 35-year-old Cameron Wade Sharpe, and learned he had a revoked driver’s license out of Nevada.
During a terry frisk for weapons, officers located a knife on Sharpe and felt a rectangular shaped item in his pocket but couldn’t tell what it was at the time, the statement said.
“During our contact with (Sharpe) he took off running toward Family Dollar,” Ericksen wrote in the statement. “(Sharpe) was ordered to stop and did not. The entire time he was running he was digging around his front waistline and pockets.”
After a short foot chase, officers caught up with Sharpe behind Family Dollar, located at 595 E. Telegraph St. in Washington, and placed him under arrest.
While searching the area where Sharpe had run, officers located a baggie with “two large chunks of a white crystalline type substance” that later tested positive for methamphetamine, the statement said.
“Upon seeing the substance and its shape and size,” Ericksen said, “I could see it was consistent with the object I felt in (Sharpe’s) pants pocket.”
Sharpe was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with one first-degree felony for drug possession with the intent to distribute in a drug-free zone; a class A misdemeanor for failing to stop at the command of an officer; and a class C misdemeanor for driving on a denied license.
His bail pending trial stands at $22,710.
According to court documents, Wednesday – the day Sharpe was arrested – was his 35th birthday.
Sharpe made his initial court appearance Thursday and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Monday.
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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