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Friday, September 4, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Jedediah Griffith was working a stationary patrol, on Highway 69 north of Shady Lane, when he observed a maroon 2018 Toyota Highlander traveling northbound at a high rate of speed.
Officer Griffith activated his radar to show the vehicle traveling 91 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour area.
The vehicle recklessly changed into the outside lane to pass a semi truck, nearly striking another semi.
Officer Griffith activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The driver, Juan Bueno Vanegas, 25, of Austin, Texas, advised the officer he did not know the speed limit when questioned why he was traveling 36 miles per hour over.
Vanegas provided the officer with an expired driver’s license. The strong smell of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle. He advised the officer he had personal use marijuana.
Vanegas was asked to exit the vehicle, and he was placed under arrest for reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. He was escorted to the rear seat of the patrol unit.
During an inventory search of the vehicle, Officer Griffith located three plastic ziploc baggies containing a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana, a blunt with a green leafy substance, and a multi-colored glass pipe containing burnt residue.
Vanegas was advised he would be charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Atoka County Jail for processing.