ESTHERVILLE – An Estherville man tried to walk away from a traffic stop and tossed his weed and meth baggies, but landed in jail anyway.
According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens a sheriff’s deputy on patrol September 16th observed a vehicle being driven by a person believed to not have a driver’s license. Upon confirming that information, the deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 500 block of West North 6th Street in Estherville at 6:31pm. As the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle abruptly pulled into a private driveway and the driver exited the vehicle. The driver attempted to walk away to avoid contact with the deputy and as he did the deputy observed the driver throw something behind him toward a nearby house.
As a result of this matter the driver, Braulio Hernandez age 28 of Estherville, was placed under arrest for driving with a barred license. Upon further investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office, two small bags were located where Hernandez was observed throwing them, one of which contained methamphetamine and one that contained marijuana.
In addition, the sheriff’s office K-9 Loka and handler were dispatched to the scene where Loka indicated on the vehicle for the presence of controlled substances. A search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia being discovered.
Hernandez was transported to the Emmet County Jail where he was booked for Possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense (methamphetamine) a class (D) felony, Possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense (marijuana) an aggravated misdemeanor, Driving with a barred license, an aggravated misdemeanor, and Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.