Two people were arrested after police investigated a single vehicle crash that occurred on Thelma Drive, Thursday night.
According to an court paperwork, 27-year-old Brice Tipton and 25-year-old Amanda Lawson were arrested after police found suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle the couple was traveling in, and on each of their persons. This is the second criminal drug arrest for Lawson in two weeks.
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Officers say they responded to the single-vehicle crash just after 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 10th. They describe finding a silver Dodge Durango with Kansas registration, resting on the curb near the corner of Thelma Drive and East 2nd Street. The Durango was said to have had a broken passenger side axle and a flat tire.
Officers made contact with Tipton and Lawson, describing Tipton as being short with officers. Police describe in an arrest affidavit that Tipton’s hands were constantly moving, his eyes darting around, and that he was “chewing his gums and he was being slightly hostile with EMS staff that [were] trying to provide on-scene treatment for him.”
Police also spoke with an eyewitness to the crash, who was also acquainted with Lawson. The witness saying that Tipton suddenly and without cause, veered from the road and came to rest on the lawn of a nearby business. The witness then said that Tipton quickly had put a bag in the back floorboard of the witness’s vehicle.
Neither Tipton nor Lawson claimed ownership of the bag. Officers saying that Tipton claimed that the bag belonged to Lawson, and that he had placed some of his belongings inside, with permission. He also claimed to move the bag from the crashed Durango to the other vehicle instinctually to protect his clothing. Lawson denied ownership entirely, saying that the bag was Tipton’s property.
After searching the bag, officers say that they found what was suspected to be a glass methamphetamine pipe finding a bindle of suspected methamphetamine and several baggies with suspected meth residue within them. Police also report finding a yellow stocking cap in the bag, and finding Tipton’s identification, several plastic “tooters,” several baggies with suspected meth residue, and other paraphernalia. Tiption denied ownership of any of the contraband.
A K9 unit was utilized in the search of the Durango, with Casper Police Department K9 Patrick, alerting to the vehicle and assisting officers in finding several empty bindle baggies and a digital scale on the driver’s-side floorboards of the vehicle.
Police also report finding methamphetamine on Lawson and Tipton’s person. Even after a bindle bag with suspected meth residue was found in Tipton’s pocket, investigators report he continually denied ownership of any contraband. Lawson admitted to officers that she had known there had been methamphetamine in the bag that was moved to the witness car. She also surrendered a canister from her sleeve which officers say contained a baggie with suspected methamphetamine.
A wrecker responded to the scene, taking the vehicle from the crash site. Lawson and Tipton were transported to the Natrona County Detention Center, and both were booked in on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine.
The arrest affidavit notes that Tipton did participate in a standardized field sobriety test, and was found to be unimpaired.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.