A drunk driving and drug and drug paraphernalia possession investigation continues in Jefferson County by the Pennsylvania State Police working out of the Marienville Station in Forest County. The investigation stems from troopers finding a 31 year old Jamestown, NY man reclined and sleeping and/or passed out behind the wheel of his SUV in Barnett Township, Jefferson County Sunday, April 9 shortly before 1:30 a.m.
The troopers report while they were on routine patrol they saw a suspicious 2007 Saturn Outlook parked and running well after the clowse of business in the parking lot of the Iron Mountain Grill. Police say as they approached the SUV, they saw Ian Michael Richards slumped behind the steering wheel. The troopers say they detected a strong odor of raw and or burnt marijuana coming from the SUV. Also in plain view, the troopers saw, on the passenger side front seat a clear a baggie containing what appeared to be marijuana and a handrolled cegarette near the center console.
When the police roused Richards, he initially tried to dump the baggie onto the ground outside the driver's door. Richards was taken into custody for suspicious of DUI and drug possession. A probable cause search of the vehicle resulted in a small amount marijuana, fifteen burnt marijuana roaches and one unused marijuana blunt and related drug paraphernalia. The troopers transported Richards to Brookville Hospital where he submitted to a drug recognition evaluation and a blood draw.