Warrants have been issued out of both Richland and Wilkin counties for a Wahpeton man who failed to appear in both courtrooms the past two weeks in several unrelated cases.
Scott Wayne Vaughn, 38, is charged in Wilkin County, Minnesota, with one count of felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana and several misdemeanors including DWI, careless driving, possessing more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia – use or possession prohibited, and possessing a small amount of marijuana for sale.
The charges stem from an incident more than a year ago, in the early morning hours of Feb. 5, 2017 when Vaughn was pulled over by Breckenridge, Minnesota, Police for driving erratically in a vehicle with no front license plate and driving into oncoming lanes.
When the vehicle finally stopped, he had driven into a ditch. Vaughn allegedly told the officer he had parked that way because he was tired, a criminal complaint states. He also reportedly told the officer he had taken two Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer) pills several hours before, which belonged to his girlfriend.
Vaughn was given several sobriety tests by the officer, the complaint shows, including the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, with inconclusive results. The officer did note the defendant’s speech was slow and slurring, and his eyelids were droopy and blinking slowly. He had difficulty completing other sobriety tests, court records show.
The defendant stated he did not drink any alcohol prior to driving from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and the officer did not smell any on his breath. When asked if he had taken any illegal drugs, Vaughn allegedly told the officer he had smoked a little marijuana before midnight, the complaint states.