Casper – The majority of contacts a Trooper makes are usually out on the highway. However, criminal interdictions can happen anywhere at any time. Thus was the case in Casper last Thursday evening at a local truck stop where two Troopers were taking their break.
A BMW passenger vehicle pulled into the lot and parked at the restaurant with its high beam headlights aimed directly at the Troopers seated inside. The vehicle remained there for several minutes with the high beams aimed at the Troopers.
The Troopers were concerned about their safety not being able to see the vehicles occupants. They flashed their flashlights at the driver who only dimmed the lights but did not turn them off.
The Troopers contacted the driver who was still seated in his vehicle. The driver, 56 year-old David L. Paul, listed an address in the State of Texas. Immediately upon contacting Paul the Troopers could detect the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Upon checking Paul's drivers license status they learned his privilege to drive a motor vehicle was under suspension for being a habitual violator. Paul also failed several field sobriety maneuvers.
A third Trooper, trained as a drug recognition expert, responded to the truck stop and determined Paul was under the influence of drugs.
When Troopers searched Paul's vehicle they found approximately one (1) pound of marijuana. Paul stated he purchased the marijuana in Colorado for $3,200.00 and his final destination was North Dakota.
Paul was arrested for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and felony possession of a controlled substance.