The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

June 13, 2013

Broken headlight nets drug arrest in Geneva

Star Beacon

GENEVA — A Geneva man is charged with multiple traffic offenses and felony drug possession after an early morning traffic stop for a burned out headlight.

Bradley D. Beavers, 55, is charged with possession of cocaine, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving under suspension, unauthorized use of license plates; plus headlight and seat belt violations, Western County Court records show, after Officer Doug Zetlaw found a half a gram of cocaine in Beavers’ van early Saturday morning.

Zetlaw said Beavers was slow to pull over for the traffic stop on Route 534 and had trouble locating his vehicle registration and insurance information.

“While I was talking to him, I noticed (Beavers’) eyes were red and glassy and there was a strong odor of beer on his breath,” Zetlaw said.

While Beavers was sifting through the contents of the van, the passenger began to motion for the officer’s attention, police reports show.

“The passenger was gesturing for my attention and mouthing the word ‘coke,’” Zetlaw said. “The passenger told me that Beavers was just giving him a ride, but while being pulled over, (Beavers) threw something toward the passenger, which hit him in the leg. Beavers (allegedly) told the passenger it was coke and told him not to worry about it.”

Zetlaw located the small bag of white powder on the passenger seat floorboard, police reports show, but Beavers denied it was his.

“He said he didn’t think it belonged to the passenger, but said it wasn’t his,” Zetlaw said. “He said all sorts of people use his van and it could belong to anyone.”

Beavers was transported to the Geneva City Jail, where he refused a breath alcohol test, police reports show.