Composite picture with background inventory photograph of police lights with overlay of St. George Police uniform, January 21, 2021 | Photograph by Cody Blowers, St. George Information
ST. GEORGE — A welfare verify led to the felony arrest of a St. George man who police stated pulled up alongside an officer asking the place the closest fuel station was positioned – in a car parking zone the place the fuel pumps had been inside yards of the place each automobiles had been stopped.
Final Tuesday, officers responded to Paradise Manner in St. George shortly earlier than 10 p.m. to conduct a welfare verify on a person who had fallen within the entrance yard of his residence and who gave the impression to be severely impaired – which a witness described as being “excessive as a kite,” based on info supplied to police and included within the possible trigger assertion filed in assist of the arrest.
The report additionally states that officers had been suggested the person had a gun with him and had pushed off in a car, which involved the witness as a result of stage of intoxication they allegedly noticed minutes earlier than.
The reporting social gathering “wished a welfare verify performed as a result of he was certain the male was not in a position to safely function a car,” the officer famous within the assertion.
The officer started scouring the realm seeking the car, however was unable to find any car matching the outline supplied by the witness.
The officer was dispatched to the Costco car parking zone on N. 3050 East in St. George a short while later, and whereas stopped within the car parking zone a car got here up alongside the officer’s patrol car that matched the outline of the automobile concerned within the welfare verify name.
The officer acquired out of his patrol car and requested the driving force if he wanted any assist, which is when the person replied by asking the officer the place the closest fuel station was, after which stated “Am I going to die?” the officer famous.
The suspect “was clearly impaired.” The person couldn’t arise straight, was speaking very slowly and intentionally and the officer later recognized the suspect as 32-year-old Riley Howell.
The officer suggested the suspect that he appeared impaired and requested Howell to carry out a area sobriety check.
Based mostly on the officer’s observations through the check, the suspect was positioned underneath arrest for suspected DUI.
A supervisor then responded to the scene and assisted the officer in taking a listing of the suspect’s car previous to it being towed to the impound yard, which is when officers reportedly discovered a small handgun inside a blue backpack positioned on the again seat of the automobile.
A verify of the gun’s serial quantity revealed it was reported as stolen, the report states.
Officers additionally recovered a pocketknife tucked in between the driving force’s seat and the middle console that was in an open place.
A verify on the car’s registration confirmed it was canceled and that Howell’s license was suspended.
A background verify additionally revealed that Howell had a number of instances and prior felony convictions which prohibits the suspect from having a firearm.
Howell was then transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility going through a number of prices, together with second-degree felony theft of a firearm and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted particular person. He additionally faces a second misdemeanor rely of the identical cost in addition to one rely of suspected DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving on a suspended/cancelled registration.
On the jail, officers requested a blood draw to find out the suspect’s blood alcohol content material, which the phlebotomist was unable to carry out as a result of suspect’s drug use.
Howell is scheduled to make an preliminary look in fifth District Courtroom on Friday and stays in custody with out bail.
Ed. Word: A brand new Utah regulation usually prohibits the discharge of arrest reserving photographs till after a conviction is obtained.
This report relies on statements from courtroom data, police or different responders and should not comprise the total scope of findings. Individuals arrested or charged are presumed harmless till discovered responsible in a courtroom of regulation or as in any other case determined by a trier-of-fact.
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