Traffic stop by police leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by police vice and narcotic officers Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

Brandy Crutchfield, 25, who was placed on probation in September 2013 on drug-related charges, was driving a vehicle in the turn lane on West 13th Avenue at Orange Street for two blocks before Detectives Michael Battles and Bill Ablondi tried to pull him over, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing Thursday for Crutchfield.

Battles said in a probable cause affidavit that when the detectives turned on the blue lights on their vehicle, Crutchfield did not immediately stop but turned on Larch Street and pulled into a driveway.

Gieringer said the detectives saw Crutchfield throw a white object out the window of the vehicle, which also contained two other men.

When the three were removed from the vehicle, Crutchfield was asked about the object and he denied throwing anything, Battles said in the affidavit. When the detectives picked up the object, it turned out to be a blue-and-white bag containing suspected crack cocaine.

Gieringer said the detectives found a black digital scale under the driver’s seat and K-2 (synthetic marijuana) in the driver’s seat, and according to the affidavit, Crutchfield allegedly said everything in the vehicle belonged to him.

The alleged crack cocaine weighed 2.7 grams.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Crutchfield after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Crutchfield said he would hire his own attorney.