2/24/2013 9:55:00 PM Traffic stop leads to arrests on drug and weapon charges
The Daily Courier
POLAND JUNCTION - A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy patrolling Highway 69 stopped a car Tuesday night because it had a headlight out and ended up arresting two people, charging them with several crimes related to drug possession, a sheriff's spokesman said.
At about 9 p.m., the deputy pulled over the car and spoke with driver Ronald Flood, 52, and passenger Tracy Tarlip, 46. Flood, who did not have a driver's license, allegedly gave the deputy a false name and birthdate, claiming he was born in 1944, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
When the deputy checked the name, it came back to a deceased man, D'Evelyn said, but Flood continued to tell the deputy that was him, despite the fact that the age he gave would make him 69 years old, 17 years older than Flood.
The deputy started to handcuff Flood, who broke away "and took a fighting stance," D'Evelyn said. The deputy pinned him against his vehicle and drew his Taser. Flood complied and, D'Evelyn said, a search of his clothing turned up a meth pipe.
He still wouldn't identify himself, but Tarlip told the deputy his real name, D'Evelyn said, and a records check showed that he had an outstanding warrant in Maricopa County.
Tarlip admitted there was meth in the car and, when deputies searched it, they found 22 grams of meth, bindles, marijuana, sales documentation, and a scale, D'Evelyn said, along with Ecstasy pills and other capsules. They also recovered a .45 handgun, he said.
The pair was booked into the Camp Verde jail on an array of charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of marijuana.
Animal Control took possession of a dog they had in the car.
Flood is also charged with resisting arrest and providing false information. He is being held on a $250,000 bond on all his charges except the parole violation for which the warrant was issued - there is no bond on that charge. Tarlip is being held on a $100,000 bond.