Traffic stop yields two arrests

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A traffic stop on Thursday, Dec. 18, led to two arrests when a young Lewisburg man came to his friend's assistance.

Lewisburg Police Department officer Denise Savage stopped a 1997 Chevy on West Commerce St. at about 9:20 a.m. because of light law and seatbelt violations.

"When the driver/offender rolled the window down I immediately smelled the distinct odor of marijuana," reported Savage. The driver, 19-year-old Cody Ramos of Finley Beech Road, and his passenger, Vicente J. Reyes, "at first denied usage," but a search of the vehicle revealed "several green leafy substances, stems and seeds," wrote Savage.

"I repeated my initial question of marijuana usage to both subjects after finding physical evidence," the report continues. "Both subjects admitted to smoking marijuana this morning and still being under the influence."

Savage took the driver into custody for driving under the influence, first offence, and advised the passenger to arrange transportation for himself and the car.

Reyes called Cordaro A. Tordy, 18, of Ownby Road, who arrived promptly in his 1995 Toyota.

However, as Savage's report states, communications confirmed that Tordy's driver's license was revoked for failure to report an accident. Therefore, he was also taken into custody. Citations were also issued for no insurance and seatbelt violations.