A vehicle passenger pulled over by Kissimmee police for a traffic stop on Jan. 16 probably hoped that the bag of cocaine he threw out the sunroof landed somewhere else besides the hood of a patrol car.
The passenger, Luis Vazquez, 30, was observed by a Kissimmee police officer throwing something out the sunroof of the gold-colored Acura when the officer attempted pull over the car. He was driven by 38-year-old Jose Vales, who failed to stop at a red light, reports stated.
It was a bag of cocaine, and it landed on the hood of the officer’s cruiser, according to police reports.
A stop for a traffic ticket turned into an arrest on multiple counts for the pair, including evidence tampering for tossing the drugs.
The event occurred around 2 a.m., when Cpl. Christopher Breuer was headed northbound on Michigan Avenue. After he had to quickly slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the Acura when it made a right-turn from Mill Slough Road without stopping for a red light.
According to the arrest report, Breuer turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop, and moments later saw Vazquez, the passenger, put his hands on the roof, open the sunroof and throw something out.
“I observed a clear bag come out of the sun roof and fly into the air,” Breuer wrote in the report. “This same bag landed on the hood of my vehicle as I slowed down.”
He stopped his cruiser to retrieve the bag, which he identified as powder cocaine.
He continued on to stop the Acura, which had pulled into the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Michigan and Donegan Avenue, and only told Vales he was conducting a
Breuer instructed a second officer who arrived to remove Vazquez from the vehicle, at which time Vales, the driver, spontaneously said Vazquez had thrown the baggie out the window.
“I still had not informed Vales that I observed or even recovered the baggie of cocaine that was thrown from the vehicle,” Breuer wrote in the report. “I thanked Vales for telling me what I already knew and then asked him if there was anything illegal inside his vehicle or on his person.”
The officer searched Vales and found a baggie, like the one thrown from the vehicle, with trace amounts of cocaine. Vales said Vazquez put it in his pocket when he saw the police lights and said Vazquez threw the other bag out the sunroof.
Police also found a bag of cannabis under the driver’s seat. Aside from receiving a ticket for running the red light, Vales was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis under 20 grams and possession of cocaine. He was held in the Osceola County Jail on $1,500 bond.
Vazquez, who was taken into custody on a separate battery warrant in Osceola County, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
He was held in jail on $2,500 bond. Both have since bonded out.