Court report: Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A Maplewood man, Patrick David Harris, faces drug charges in connection with an Oct. 26 incident in Bayport.

Court documents state that Bayport police were monitoring the area on 5th Avenue North when a vehicle was clocked at 44 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.

Officers pulled over the vehicle and allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A female was driving the car, and her passenger was identified as Patrick David Harris.

The pair first denied having marijuana in the vehicle, but court documents say that after some discussion Harris said, “How about I just give you the pipe and we can get on with this.”

The pair was asked to exit the car, and a search revealed a marijuana pipe and a glass vial with a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

While in the back of the squad car, authorities say video caught the female telling Harris she can’t take the fall for this because she’s on probation and that he should’ve thrown it farther, to which Harris replied, “You got to be kidding me, the one … night I have it with me.”

Receiving stolen property charges

A Stillwater man, Joshua James Trudeau, faces charges of receiving stolen property in connection with an incident that took place Oct. 27.

Court documents state that an Oak Park Heights police officer parked in Summit Park Apartments observed a vehicle pull in and out of the parking lot without stopping. The officer ran the license plates and discovered they came from a vehicle reported stolen out of Alexandria. The vehicle was stopped, and the officer spoke with the passengers.

The passengers told the officer they had stayed at a friend’s residence the night before when Trudeau picked them up. When he saw the officer’s lights, one of the passengers told the officer that Trudeau said they were in trouble because it was a stolen vehicle.

Wis. man convicted of DWI, fleeing

Thomas Anton Brinker, of Houlton, Wis., was convicted of two gross misdemeanors in connection with a Feb. 17 incident.

Court documents state that a vehicle with stolen plates was seen driving erratically. A state trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the vehicle didn’t stop and kept changing lanes erratically, which caused the trooper to perform a PIT maneuver to stop the car.

According to court documents, when Brinker was removed from the vehicle, he had a strong smell of alcohol around him, bloodshot and watery eyes and registered .237 with an initial breath test. The legal limit for driving is .08.

When asked the reason he didn’t stop, Brinker told officers there wasn’t a reason. Troopers observed a handgun in a holster in the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Brinker had a permit for the gun in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

After reading the Minnesota Motor Vehicle implied consent advisory several times, Brinker said he didn’t understand, despite telling the officers through a line-by-line reading that he understood what the law said. Brinker asked for a lawyer and didn’t consent to a breath test, urine test or blood test saying “because I don’t feel I have to,” according to court documents.

Brinker was convicted of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor DWI.

For the first conviction he must serve four days in jail and go on two years of probation. He must also complete an updated chemical dependence evaluation and follow the recommendations. He must pay a fine of $500 and pay law library fees.

For the second conviction, Brinker must serve 365 days with 361 stayed and four served, as well as serve two years probation with chemical dependence evaluations. He must also attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel and pay a fine of $500 plus surcharges and law library fees.

No contact violation leads to 15 months 

An Oak Park Heights man was convicted of violating a no-contact order with an ex-girlfriend following an incident in June.

Court documents say Vaughn Radley Isker contacted his ex-girlfriend via social media and made statements that alarmed the woman.

Some of Isker’s statements to his ex-girlfriend included a comment reportedly saying she should let her cat into her room because she looked lonely. The woman feared Isker was looking into her windows.

For the violation, Isker was sentenced to 15 months with a stay of execution and probation for 5 years. He must serve 17 days and must have no drug use with random testing. He must have a chemical evaluation and follow the recommendations, abide by his no contact order and complete a Bob Kelly domestic abuse program and have a psychological evaluation.

Court documents said Isker has two prior domestic violence-related convictions in Washington County. One is interference with a 911 call, and the other is violation of a no-contact order effective until February 2015. A warrant was requested for Isker’s arrest.

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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