Man Arrested for Jaywalking, Drug Paraphernalia, Previous Warrants

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A minor infraction will lead to big trouble for a Salt Lake man stopped for jaywalking in Salt Lake. In addition to jaywalking, the man was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia and previous warrants.

One Crime at a Time

There is an old adage known to most criminals. “One crime at a time.” For example, when driving a stolen car, don’t break the speed limit as well. This is something that Tyson Bate, 25, would have been wise to remember before jaywalking with drug paraphernalia on his person and warrants in his past.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Bate exited a vehicle along the roadside near 1800 S. State Street. According to a report from KSL News, after getting out of the car, Bate immediately proceeded to walk across State Street against the light and was nearly hit by an officer.

“[A]n officer was driving in his marked police car north on State Street and almost hit the guy because he either ran or walked right in front of him,” Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan said.

On the stop, Bate was compliant, but when the officer went to look up Bate’s information, he fled. A pursuit ensued involving other officers and Bate was arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia, jaywalking, fleeing from police, and his other warrants, which including a variety of charges including others for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and theft.

Drug Paraphernalia was the Problem

For Bate, the incident of jaywalking might have simply resulted in a warning depending on traffic conditions at the time. However, being in possession of drug paraphernalia is not just a “warning” offense in Utah. According to the Utah Drug Paraphernalia Act, “it is unlawful for any person to use, or possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia”. The offense is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

If you or someone you know has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia or any other crime, be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who has your best interests in mind.