HURRICANE — Police responded to a complaint of a Jaguar speeding through a trailer park in Hurricane Thursday. A search for the car and its owner led to the arrest of the Jaguar driver’s roommate for drug possession and failing to register as a sex offender. On Monday, the driver of the Jaguar was located and also arrested on drug-related charges.
Police responded to the trailer park Thursday after receiving reports of a man driving over 40 mph through the neighborhood in a Jaguar and spinning the tires, making the car slide sideways, Hurricane City Police Officer Kacen Gubler wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. One witness was reportedly concerned for the safety of her kids.
Police discovered the Jaguar parked at one of the trailers on the lot, the statement said, and located a man inside the residence, later identified as 50-year-old Brandyn Black. Officers could smell burnt marijuana, and they also learned Black was a lifetime sex offender who had not registered his current address on the sex offender registry. Black was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on drug-related charges and for failure to register as a sex offender.
On Monday, Gubler contacted Christopher Charles Parker, whom Black had said owned the Jaguar, and questioned him about the incident, as well.
“I asked Christopher if he was driving his black Jaguar on Thursday,” Gubler said in the statement. “Christopher admitted to driving and stated, ‘he may have been going a little fast.’”
The officer told Parker a search warrant had been served on his home and questioned him about a glass pipe they’d found inside a backpack containing multiple documents addressed to him. Parker said the pipe did have marijuana residue in it, but that it was old and that a friend had put it in the backpack.
Next to Parker’s backpack, police also located a plastic bag containing tinfoil that had a black residue throughout it, which is known as “chasing the dragon,” the statement said. Parker said it was old trash and it could possibly be residue from oxycodone.
“I asked Christopher if he smoked pills off the tin foil,” Gubler said in the statement. “Christopher stated, ‘there is a good chance.’”
A NIK test positively identified the substance on the tin foil as opium.
Inside the home, police also located an ashtray inside Parker’s room that contained multiple small balloons. When asked about what was inside the balloons, Parker admitted they were used to hold heroin, according to the statement.
Because of the small amount of residue inside the balloons, Gubler said in the statement, the substance could not be tested. However, based on Parker’s admittance and upon Gubler’s training, Gubler said he believed the substance to be heroin.
Parker was arrested Monday and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on two third-degree felony charges for possession of opium and heroin and two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to Washington County bookings information at the time of this report, both Parker and Black have been released from custody after posting bail via bond payments.
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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