Riverton man attempted to elude police; Possessed methamphetamine

The preliminary hearing for 35-year-old Riverton man, Jason Myhre was transferred to District Court for arraignment.

Myhre is charged with “Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3rd or Subsequent” and “Fleeing or Attempting To Elude Police Officers.”

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According to court documents, on September 13th, 2018 a Riverton Police Department officer was on routine traffic patrol, when he noticed a BMW passenger car with expired registration. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over. The driver instead accelerated the vehicle to a higher rate of speed through a residential area.

The officer noted in court documents, that the driver “looked in his mirror” at the police car several times, each time picking up speed.

The vehicle ultimately turned into an alley on East Monroe, leading to a parking lot at an apartment complex. Court documents show the vehicle “had pulled into the parking lot at a high rate of speed.”

Once the vehicle had stopped, Myhre excited the driver’s side door, looking in the police officer’s direction. Documents say that Myhre made a “gesture that he was about to run toward the apartments.” The RPD officer also noticed at that point, that there was a female passenger who was also attempting to exit the vehicle.

The RPD officer unholstered his service pistol and pointed it at the ground, away from the subjects. After speaking with the occupants, Myhre gave an indication that he was no longer going to run and would cooperate with instructions. The officer put his pistol in his holster and placed both subjects in handcuffs.

The officer located marijuana on the 18-year-old female passenger during a search. The location of marijuana gave the officer probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search, a small tackle box was found with a clear crystal-like substance, a white powdery substance, a digital scale, large plastic bags, and one used hypodermic needle.

The residue tested positive for methamphetamine. Most of the tackle box was covered in the residue, however, the officer was able to weigh the drug that was still in plastic baggies, and that totaled 1.2 grams.

The court case will be transferred to the District Court, Ninth Judicial District for further proceedings.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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