Over an Ounce of Meth Found on Wichita Falls Man Passed Out at Stop Sign
Here in Texoma, it's not uncommon for a traffic violation to result in a drug bust. It's become the running joke for US 287 to be called Highway 420. Typically, the driver in the car was trying to drive too fast. This week in Wichita Falls, police busted a man with over an ounce of meth, and all because he wasn't driving anywhere at all.
TRN reports that around 2:37 am on Tuesday morning, WFPD received a call about a suspicious vehicle at the intersection of Avenue L and Shepherd Street. It was reported that the car had been sitting at the stop sign for half an hour without moving.
They had no problem finding the vehicle, since it was the only one there yielding the right-of-way to anything and everything in the area. The car was running, with the transmission in drive, and a 20-year-old Wichita Falls man sleeping in the drivers seat with his foot on the brake.
There's no official word on why Ian Vankirk decided that a running vehicle, in gear, at an intersection was a good place to take a nap, but the drug paraphernalia officers spotted in plain view could lead to a few assumptions. It also gave them probably cause to search the vehicle.
During their search, officers found a digital scale, several glass pipes, 28.8 grams of methamphetamine, and 0.08 ounces of marijuana. Vankirk was taken to Wichita County Jail where he was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.