Guthrie, Oklahoma, June 25, 2019 1100HRS
While on routine day shift patrol, a police officer initiated a traffic stop on a Ford passenger car with expired license plate tags. They ran the license plate and it came back stolen. The routine car stop turned into a ‘felony car stop’ wherein additional safety precautions are taken. Back-up responds. If you’re reading this, you likely know the drill…
They identified the driver as Stephen Jennings and the passenger as Rachael Rivera. With the driver and passenger searched and handcuffed, they approached the car and determined that there was an exceptionally large timber rattlesnake in a storage box on the back seat.
Bodycam footage shows one officer spotting the serpent in a storage box on the back seat and exclaiming: “That sucker is huge,” KFor reported.
The officers returned to Jennings and asked him what else he had in the car. He admitted that he had a loaded handgun in the console and an open container of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey.
Returning to the car, and locating the handgun and contraband whiskey, they further searched and found a canister of powdered uranium, which they did not open.
1. Jennings had a valid lifetime hunting and fishing license so possession of he rattlesnake was not illegal.
2. Possession of a handgun is not illegal in Oklahoma.
3. Possession of a stolen car and driving with an open container are illegal and Jennings and Rivera were appropriately charged,
4. Jennings was driving on a suspended license, and was charged with that and with operating a motor vehicle without insurance…
5. The uranium is the wild card.