Traffic stop results in drug arrests


Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 2:32 p.m.

A driver who was pulled over for allegedly drifting into the bicycle lane wound up going to jail after a police officer noticed her passenger's chest was "pulsating through his shirt."

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PETER HOWARD WHITNEY

ALACHUA COUNTY JAIL

Gainesville residents Aurora Kay James, 28, and her only passenger, Peter Howard Whitney, 49, were each charged with possession of a drugs without a prescription, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrests were made during a traffic stop at 2:43 a.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of Southwest 34th Street by University of Florida police Officer Jason B. Vinson.

In his report on the arrests, Vinson wrote that two details about the traffic stop motivated him to call for a canine team to check for drugs. Vinson said the first detail was that "Whitney's chest was pulsating through his shirt." The other detail was that James did not know Whitney's last name.

Gainesville police Officer Jamie Hope's canine partner Redd alerted on the white Honda that James had been driving.

Vinson said a search of the car found what appeared to be crack pipes beneath the driver and passenger seats of the car, as well as silver cylinders inside James' clothing that contained what appeared to be a prescription drug and crack cocaine.

Whitney reportedly told police that all of the drug-related items belonged to James, while James told police that Whitney had given her the items to hide when they were pulled over.

Whitney and James were booked into the Alachua County Jail.

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