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Traffic stop ends in 10 charges against local man

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies clocked a Dodge truck traveling 71-72 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on South State Road 39 Jan. 6, so they initiated a traffic stop that culminated in 10 charges being filed against the allegedly lead-footed driver.

Deputy Tom Farlow was on patrol in uniform in his cruiser when he obsered Michael Wayne Riley, 41, of Frankfort, moving at a seemingly high speed. Riding with Farlow was Reserve Deputy Justin Brewer, who activated the speed time device and determined Riley was moving as much as 17 mph faster than the posted speed limited, according to the affidavit filed in the Clinton County Circuit Court.

When Farlow stopped the Dodge, he saw the driver moving around and suspected Riley was reaching into his pants or around the passenger seat. Riley told Farlow that he had just purchased the truck, it didn’t have a working speedometer or heat, and he had no registration or purchase paperwork, per the affidavit. The suspect also said that the license plate on the Dodge belonged to a Ford truck.

After checking the plate number and Riley’s driving status, the deputies discovered the plate, reported stolen, belonged to a 2016 Ford owned by another individual, and Riley’s license had been suspended.

Since he had no valid license, Riley was advised to call someone to come to get the vehicle, but he said he had no cell phone but a patdown revealed one in his coat pocked, the court documents detail.

During a search of the truck, CCSO Sergeant Ryan Ashlock found a jar believed to contain marijuana and a scale, and Farlow found a Ruger 9 mm handgun. When Farlow tried to arrest Riley, he resisted. Once the suspect was handcuffed, Knapp searched Riley’s person and found a bag appearing to contain methamphetamine, the affidavit said.

Riley again resisted Farlow but eventually was put into the deputy’s vehicle, after which Ashlock located a jar on the ground where Riley had stood. The jar contained numerous pills and more methamphetamine. Officers also found three more cell phones at the scene, the documents said.

Riley continued to resist so ultimately Farlow pulled over and called Frankfort Police Officer Cesar Munoz who has a transport cage in his vehicle. As the officers were waiting for Munoz to arrive, the documents reported that Knapp saw Riley’s shoes on the ground with a plastic container nearby, which was found to contain a syringe. 

CCSO Detective Matt Feterick was issued a search warrant for the three phones found with Riley, and a search of the phones’ messages led to Riley being charged with dealing controlled substances.

Feterick also found that Riley had no handgun license and within the last 15 years had been convicted of possession of marijuana, a Class D felony. Riley also was convicted of possession of marijuana in 2004 and 1999, and was convicted of conversion in 1997.

On Jan. 8, Riley was charged with 10 counts, including seven felony charges and three misdemeanors.