Saturday, August 16, 2014
An officer traveling along Highway 17 noticed a white van traveling just behind him. According to the police report, when the driver noticed the patrol car, he slowed down from 50 mph to 40 mph so drastically that the driver was not catching back up with the flow of traffic.
According to the officer’s report, it was obvious the driver was trying to avoid the police officer.
The officer noticed that the rear license plate was blocked and unreadable, the report said. The officer pulled to the side of the road so the vehicle could pass him, and when it did, the officer pulled in behind the van.
Seeing more clearly, the officer saw that a bike rack was blocking the view of the license plate which, according to the report, had expired in 2013. The driver was pulled over and the officer learned his license had been suspended for two current cancellations of insurance.
According to the police report, at first the driver said he could not find his insurance card but later admitted he did not have insurance.
He granted officers permission to search the van and according to the report, they found a jar of marijuana, which he was also charged for, in addition to the driving infractions.