39-year-old Rosh Copeland was charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, implied consent, possession of marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of cocaine with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia after he zoomed past a patrol officer on Interstate 40 West.
On March 21st, Officer Erich Stogner was safeguarding Interstate 40 West near Mile Marker 225 when a vehicle zoomed by in excess of 95 miles per hour. According to the affidavits, Officer Stogner observed the vehicle weaving and once he attempted the traffic stop the driver slowed to 15 miles per hour but didn’t stop completely for a distance of about 3-4 miles.
The officer stated when he approached the vehicle he smelled an “overwhelming odor commonly associated with cologne.” Officer Stogner observed Rosh Copeland to have red watery eyes, slow slurred speech, and to be unstable on his feet. Copeland denied ingesting any substances and refused field sobriety examination.
After placing Copeland under arrest and securing him in the patrol car, a search was conducted of Copeland’s vehicle. The inventory search produced: a set of digital scales with residue believed to be cocaine, pills believed to be ecstasy, a hand-rolled suspected cannabis cigarette, and 13 small bags of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in increments as follows: one 5-gram bag, four 2-gram bags, and eight 1-gram bags.
Rosh Copeland was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, implied consent, possession of marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of cocaine with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,500.