FLAGSTAFF—Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies were busy Tuesday following a DUI and finding $23K of marijuana in a tire.
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at about 6:30 pm Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a blue Chevy pickup driving recklessly on Silver Saddle Road in the Doney Park area. Upon their arrival Deputies found three vehicles had been struck by the suspect vehicle as it traveled on Silver Saddle Road. An off duty Flagstaff Police Officer witnessed the collisions and followed the vehicle to a residence on Stardust Trail. The off duty officer waited for deputies to arrive and assisted with pointing out the Chevy truck and the driver involved in the collisions. Deputies made contact with the driver at the residence, observed him and detected physical indicators of impairment.
Deputies arrested 39 year old Jimmy Curley, Jr. of Flagstaff, Arizona for DUI and transported him to the Coconino County Detention Facility for additional DUI testing. During the investigation deputies discovered Curley had been arrested for DUI on two previous occasions by the Sheriff’s Deputies since April 30, 2013. Those cases are still pending court appearances. Curley’s license also was determined to be suspended at the time of Tuesday’s arrest.
Jimmy Curley was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Endangerment, and Leaving the scene of an accident. Curley is currently being held on a $45,000 bond for these charges.
Also on Tuesday, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies seized 37 pounds of marijuana out of a tire at a vehicle salvage yard on Leupp Road. The marijuana was discovered after a customer of the U-Pick-It Salvage Yard removed the tire from a pile of scrap tires. While an employee attempted to remove the tire from the rim, they discovered the marijuana between the tire and rim. The employee called the Sheriff’s Office to report the suspicious packages. A total of 12 individually wrapped packages of marijuana were removed from the tire. Investigators are working with salvage yard employees in an attempt to determine which vehicle the tire and wheel were mounted on.
According to officers assigned to the Northern Arizona Metro Street Crimes Task Force, the current average street value for one pound of marijuana in this area is estimated to be about $625.00 which would value the entire load at about $23,125.
If you lost this merchandise, you can call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-774-4523 to claim it.