Man Hits Patrol Car, Trooper Finds Pot

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Police said they discovered marijuana in a Tiffin man's vehicle after he struck a state patrol squad car.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a trooper was parked in the grass median between the 8 and 9 mile markers on Interstate 380 southbound around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday to provide traffic control to a tow truck that was removing a vehicle from the ditch. Police said 19-year-old Zachary L. Haigh was traveling southbound on Interstate 380 when he lost control and hit the trooper's car.

While speaking with Haigh and his passenger, 18-year-old Mason Dakota of North Liberty, the trooper said he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. Police said Haigh admitted to having marijuana under the front seat of the car. A search of the vehicle turned up the baggie of marijuana Haigh mentioned, police said.

Police said Haigh refused to participate in any field sobriety tests, but did submit to a preliminary breath test, which came back .0 percent.

Haigh refused to participate in a drug recognition expert evaluation or provide a urine sample for testing, police said.

Haigh was arrested and faces charges of possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and failure to maintain control. Mason was charged with possession of marijuana.
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