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Traffic stop leads to felony drug arrest
by Tribune Staff
Nov 09, 2010 | 675 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — On Friday afternoon, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper patrolling U.S. 395 near the Mill Street interchange observed a registration violation on a green 2000 Toyota four-door sedan.  He attempted to stop the vehicle on the freeway off-ramp to Mill Street. 

The male driver, identified as 31-year-old Jason Pope of Reno, motioned to the trooper that he was going to pull over.  Pope continued driving despite the activated emergency lights and siren and eventually yielded in the parking lot of the Grand Sierra Resort.

As the trooper exited his vehicle, Pope quickly accelerated and attempted to flee the scene in his car, nearly hitting a pedestrian in the parking lot. He then failed to stop at a stop sign as he entered the frontage road adjacent to the hotel property, crashed into another vehicle and then fled on foot.  No one in that collision was injured. Another motorist, who witnessed the event, positioned his vehicle in front of Pope’s path as the trooper was quickly approaching.  The trooper took Pope into custody without further incident.

During the search of Pope’s vehicle, just over 3 ounces of marijuana was located along with a small scale and several smaller baggies used for packaging.  Pope’s Nevada driver's license was suspended and he currently is on parole for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell.

Pope was transported to the Washoe County jail and booked for the following offenses:

• Possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, more than 1 ounce, which is a felony.

• Possession of a controlled substance — marijuana for sale, which is a felony.

• Eluding from police and causing an accident, which is a felony.

• Hit and run property damage accident, which is a misdemeanor.

• Resisting arrest, which is a misdemeanor.

• Reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor.

• Failure to stop for a stop sign, which is a misdemeanor.

• Drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor.

In addition, there was a hold placed on him by Nevada Parole and Probation officials.  Pope is in custody at the Washoe County jail.

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