A civil traffic stop on Aug. 31 led to felony drug charges against a Las Vegas man, after the driver of his vehicle allegedly rolled at low speed through a stop sign.

Officers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Acoma Boulevard and Daytona Avenue after the vehicle was allegedly observed weaving in its lane. During the traffic stop, officers allegedly observed a suspected marijuana pipe in the vehicle’s center console. When asked, the driver handed the pipe to officers, who allegedly saw burnt marijuana residue within. The vehicle’s passenger, identified as 26-year-old Matthew D. Spencer, told officers the pipe was his own, the report said.

The vehicle’s driver, who has not been named by police, was subjected to a series of field sobriety tests, which officers say he was unable to complete. The driver was arrested on DUI charges, as well as an active warrant.

A search of Spencer’s vehicle allegedly yielded one half-full can of beer on the front passenger-side floorboard, several empty beer cans in the vehicle’s back seat and a THC vape pen – all of which Spencer allegedly claimed as his own. Spencer was arrested at the scene, and police allegedly found a plastic bag containing 1.5 grams of suspected cocaine during a search of his pockets.

Spencer has been charged with possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, possessing an open container of liquor in a vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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