OWATONNA — An Owatonna man who was found in the possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and a water pipe made out of a Paw Patrol sippy cup faces drug charges and additional charges associated with his arrest, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Steele County District Court.
Jason Lee Horner, 34, faces a felony third-degree drug possession charge as well as two lesser charges — giving a police officer a false name and fleeing a police officer, both misdemeanors — for an incident that started with a routine traffic stop on Friday night.
At about 10:30 p.m. Friday, an Owatonna police officer stopped Horner on Oak Avenue South when the officer observed Horner driving south with no headlights on, according to the complaint.
Horner told the officer that he did not have his identification with him, the complaint says, and when the officer asked him his name, Horner reportedly said that his name was Jerrod Lee Wells. But when the officer attempted to locate a Jerrod Lee Wells on the Driver and Vehicle Services database, he could not find such a name.
While the officer was still in the squad car, Horner allegedly got out of his vehicle and began to run away. The officer ran after him, commanding him to stop, which Horner did not do, the complaint says. Horner ran at first through the alley behind Salvation Army, then turned west into another alley, where he slipped on loose gravel. The officer caught up with him and held him at taser-point.
In searching Horner, the officer reportedly found a bag of white crystalline substance that later tested presumptive positive for meth. The bag contained about 21 grams of meth, worth about $2,000. Also found on Horner was a small bag of marijuana buds, a bubble pipe with what appeared to be meth residue, and a wallet with Horner’s ID, according to the complaint.
In making a statement to the officer, Horner said, “I knew that you knew I gave you a fake name. I made up the name. I ran because I had warrants. I just wanted one summer before I turned myself in,” the complaint says.
When police searched Horner’s vehicle they additional methamphetamine in a plastic bag in the glove compartment, a butane torch like those frequently used when smoking meth, and a backpack that contained a meth water pipe made from a Paw Patrol sippy cup, according to the complaint.
“The rest of the items in the backpack were male underwear and socks,” the complaint says.
The felony contains a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. The maximum sentence on both misdemeanors is 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.