30-year-old Jabreel Slater was driving his vehicle on South Main Street with two blown-out tires late Friday night. Officers located the vehicle on North Main and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Noah Werner says he could smell marijuana coming from Slater, and that Slater performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A search incident to arrest found a small amount of marijuana and a small unidentified pill. He is charged with DUI (marijuana).
When stopped by police, 21-year-old Karin Garcia Betancourt told officers her internal voice told her not to smoke marijuana today, but she says she did it anyway because it helps with her anxiety and to be more outgoing in her job as a waitress at a local Mexican restaurant. She was initially pulled over Thursday afternoon for going 79 in a 55 mph zone, but officers quickly determined she was under the influence of marijuana while driving. She gave officers the remaining roaches and blunts she had in the vehicle and was charged with DUI, drug possession, and driving without a license. The MNPD Officer noted she was “cooperative and friendly during the interaction” and she thoroughly explained how she was in the “process of cutting back from daily marijuana usage to weekly usage, with the eventual goal of no marijuana usage”. She is free on pre-trial release.