by Marci Piltz
A 27-year-old Stow man is facing a felony charge of tampering with evidence for allegedly tossing a bag of marijuana out his car window after a Portage County Sheriff's deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on him.
David Boyd was arrested June 15 at approximately 12:30 p.m. by Deputy Patrick Burns on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, said Portage County Sheriff Duane Kaley.
Kaley said Boyd also is charged with failing to stop for a stop sign and not using a turn signal, both minor misdemeanors.
According to Kaley, Burns was patrolling the area with his canine when he observed Boyd commit the two traffic violations on Wall Street in Ravenna Township and attempted to make a traffic stop on Boyd's vehicle.
Prior to stopping, Burns reported seeing Boyd toss "a large bag of dope" out the window of the vehicle.
The marijuana was recovered and Kaley said it was not as large of a quantity as Burns first thought. Kaley did not know the exact amount of suspected drugs recovered but said it was a small amount, probably for personal use.
Boyd was arraigned in the Portage County Municipal Court June 18, and his bond is set at $25,000, according to the clerk of court's office. He has pleaded not guilty to the offenses, and he was in the Portage County Jail at press time.
A new court date had not been scheduled at press time.
Editor's note: Piltz is a reporter for the Record-Courier.