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Pot Profiling: Driver Told He Was Pulled Over For Safety of Goats Walking Along Highway

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A highway stop in Idaho. More images and a video below.
In May, we shared a Complete Colorado report featuring video evidence that Colorado drivers in Idaho were being pulled over for extremely minor infractions -- at which point law enforcers would search their vehicles for marijuana.

Now, in a followup, Complete Colorado shares a new clip suggesting that vehicles with Washington license plates are also being pot-profiled as a pretext for weed rousts. Moreover, the state trooper in question says he pulled the driver over because his driving might have endangered a goat had it been walking along the highway -- even though no goats were present. Details, images and the aforementioned video below.

See also: Pot Profiling: Videos Show Colordans Pulled Over for Extremely Minor Infractions

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A screen capture of the vehicle shortly before the stop.
As you know, Washington is the only other state aside from Colorado that has legalized limited marijuana sales for recreational purposes. Colorado allowed such businesses to begin operating on January 1, and while Washington didn't follow suit until July, the impending law change was already generating worldwide headlines in April, when the incident in question took place.

One rationale given for highway stops of cars with Colorado plates in our May post was failing to signal for five seconds prior to changing lanes -- a little-known Idaho rule. This time around, Washington's Mike Rowley tells Complete Colorado his supposed offense was crossing the "fog line" -- the stripe on the right side of the highway that separates the slow lane from the apron.

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Rowley insists that he didn't cross this line and the video doesn't prove it one way or the other. Nonetheless, the trooper tells Rowley that drifting over the fog line could have caused him to hit someone walking a goat on the side of the highway.

The audio of this exchange can be heard at about the 2:48 minute mark of the YouTube clip (11:38:54 on the video time stamp in the upper left-hand corner of the screen).

At that point, it seems possible Rowley will get off with a warning. But then, the trooper tells him that as part of his work with a drug interdiction task force, he's been asked to quiz everyone he pulls over about what Idaho considers to be illicit substances, including marijuana. Rather than risking jail if the trooper's drug-sniffing dog had caught a certain scent, Rowley then reveals that he has two marijuana pipes in the vehicle with him.

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That Idaho authorities would be keeping an eye on Washington license plates in the same way some claim they're flagging ones from Colorado makes sense. After all, the former two states border each other. Now that recreational sales are underway in both places, residents traveling beyond state lines would be well advised to strictly obey traffic laws -- but even that may not be enough to prevent them from piquing the interest of those patrolling highways in places like Idaho.

Here's the aforementioned video -- and to check out the original Complete Colorado report, click here.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.


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101 comments
John Fernandez
John Fernandez

If enough pot is smoked there will certainly be goats on the highway and other critters I'm sure!

Vincent Lee Gagliardi
Vincent Lee Gagliardi

Idaho is lame full of hypocrit mormons who won't drink coffee but cheat on their wives

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Yeah duh. But it's an underlying problem in this country; the bill of rights isn't worth a damn anymore.

Danielle Abeyta
Danielle Abeyta

I believe this cops is smoking the evidence to have this as an excuse to make the stop!

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

It's not going to stop so if you care about saving money then keep your weed at home or pay the price.

Holly Kesel Novlesky
Holly Kesel Novlesky

Daniel we can grow it legally, no need to buy it, but thanks for the ignorant comment.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Translation: it's illegal to profile. So the folks who do follow the law should be fine with harassment?

Thomas Bush
Thomas Bush

Don't call the cops when someone harms you if you dislike them so much . Until it's legal obey the fucking law.

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

If you got money for weed you have have it for traffic violations.

Kihm Beyer
Kihm Beyer

Why do people continue to travel with contraband when you know the cops are looking? Are you stoned or just stupid?

Daniel S. Herman
Daniel S. Herman

If officer redneck won't stand up for the goats ... Who will ... United we stand for goats

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

Lol give the cop some credit. I mean it was Idaho the goat was probably his wife.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Yes , and that's a serious flaw in the justice system. But your rights are rights. Do not consent. Also, if your publicly appointed attorney doesn't want to defend your rights to the fullest, then you're better off going into debt hiring your own than going to jail where you can't earn a living.

Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner

Bwahahahahaha\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Michael O'Connor
Michael O'Connor

know your rights, these guy's don't have to answer any of these questions or consent with a search. this cop was reaching for anything he could come up with.

Yeroc Roc
Yeroc Roc

What was the cop on? This could be dangerous itself

Trevor Joy
Trevor Joy

I was pulled over in Nebraaka because I was weaving INSIDE of my lane. Ps extremely windy. I was also driving a rental car from Colorado. He listed wanted to see if I was ok and to search my large duffle bag. I said yes as the idea of being watched for the next 8 hours didn't seem fun.

Jenny Holliday
Jenny Holliday

Headline was misleading. A man walking a goat was one of several examples the cop used to justify pulling this man over for driving over the white line. The infraction wasn't shown on the video but I suspect it occurred since the driver didn't deny it. I've seen some pretty scary drivers way over on the shoulder. Texting and looking at maps are reasons. So unclear to me if this was profiling. I have a question, though. Is deploying the drug sniffing dog considered a search and did the cop have a right to deploy the dog without consent or probable cause?

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Do we need anymore evidence that we we are living in a police state?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Rather than risking jail if the trooper's drug-sniffing dog had caught a certain scent, Rowley then reveals that he has two marijuana pipes in the vehicle with him."


Epic Stoner FAIL!

c.burnett
c.burnett

NEVER let cops search your vehicle without a warrant! 9 times out of 10 if you make them get a warrant, they won't do it. They're just looking for an easy way to bust you. And always record them on video if you have a smartphone as well.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

They had Washington plates. No way would I of agreed to a search. This was illegal and the cop was reaching hard and long for anything.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Trevor Joy "He listed wanted to see if I was ok and to search my large duffle bag. I said yes ..."


Like a good little sycophant.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... as it should be.


"I brake for Animals" = "I'm stupid enough to endanger my life and maim/kill my family and others for a squirrel" 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jenny Holliday "Headline was misleading."


Welcome to Wasteword where Michael "fluffmaster" Roberts is bucking for the Pulitzer Prize for most misleading headlines in a single year.


.... NO, using a Drug K9 around the exterior of a vehicle has been ruled long ago by the SCOTUS to NOT be a search and requires no warrant. 


Once the K9 "hits" -- or is manipulated to hit by its handler -- on the exterior, that becomes Probable Cause to further search ALL of the interior and contents of the vehicle.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... or that Americowards are obsequious sycophants who gleefully SUBMIT to the FIST of Government in exchange for the thinnest pretense of security and safety.

schoolmepleez
schoolmepleez

@c.burnett by all means give everyone a step by step method on how to avoid this while an angry state trooper is threatening to hold you while he gets dogs

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... I got something hard and long for him to reach for.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@schoolmepleez ... well drop down on your knees and suck his cock if you're so frightened of him.

c.burnett
c.burnett

@schoolmepleez Let him go ahead and be angry then. The trooper is the one breaking the law here by profiling you and pulling you over. Go ahead and threaten me all you want, I'll have it all on video (which is 100% legal by the way) and proof of my innocence if he does try to arrest me or search my car without probable cause and without a warrant. There's nothing wrong with knowing your rights and standing up for them. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... the one written by Wealthy White Slave Owners, for Wealthy White Slave Owners?

toughguy
toughguy

@DonkeyHotay @schoolmepleez I thought you were an internet activist?  so you want to change things or make dumb jokes I cant tell.  Dont you always comment on police stories as well?  you just dont have an opinion today or are you one of the ones who has never actually had an interaction with police but loves to be an internet tough guy?  I'll go with the latter and I wont read your reply so sorry.  Have fun commenting on the worst website on the internet for the next 20 years all day everyday you must be something special in real life.  Lets all just assume this:

https://warosu.org/data/fa/img/0060/65/1367300256201.png

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga Yeah, the one that addresses illegal search and seizure.  Those old white slave owners would be sick to see the abuses of power we have become accustomed to, especially re:  nanny state conservatives.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@toughguy " I'll go with the latter and I wont read your reply so sorry"


Liar.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... yeah, don't want the government to be searching or seizing those slaves ... without a warrant.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues <== epic retard fail


"Is the [sic] "uncle" I hear under all of those tears?" -- fishfuckfaceblues





muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga Right now, I'm more worried about the growing belief that the authorities can freely violate the Bill of Rights, so long as frightened little sheep timidly say they have nothing to hide, so they freely give up their rights as guaranteed in an admittedly imperfect document.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga " so long as frightened little sheep timidly say they have nothing to hide, so they freely give up their rights as guaranteed"


When fools and cowards willingly submit to The Fist of Government, the Government creates More Fists to meet the demand.



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