Man arrested for meth after traffic stop

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Austin Cook, 23, was arrested Monday after police pulled him over and found him in possession of methamphetamines.

BPS officer George McMillan said he was traveling southbound on Bruton, while Cook was headed northbound, but when they arrived at the same intersection on Shotwell Street Cook refused to turn or make any sort of movement. Finally, Cook began to reverse his car, which was McMillan pulled him over.

McMillan noticed Cook was very nervous and asked for his license, which Cook informed him he did not have on him. McMillan asked Cook to step out of the car, but before Cook stepped out he tried to conceal something in his hand. When asked to release it, McMillan found a blue straw with a white powdery substance at the end. McMillan asked Cook if he had anything else illegal in the car he should be aware of and Cook stated he had some “roaches” or unsmoked marijuana cigarettes.

Officer Jayson Myers then arrived on scene to help McMillan search the vehicle. Myers found a found a bag of what he believed to be crystal meth in the driver’s door. They believe Cook was using the straw to snort the meth. They conducted a field test and found it was crystal meth, but have no reason to believe he was selling it or using it for anything other than personal consumption.

Cook was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and possession of methamphetamines.