Tecumseh Police Report
June 3, 2021
• Officer Dakota Snow was traveling northbound on US 177 at around 12:15 am on May 20, when he saw a vehicle traveling well below the posted speed limit and failing to maintain its lane of travel. Snow initiated a stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Misty Dawn Sanders. Sanders told Snow they were just lost and trying to find their way, according to the incident report.
Snow asked Sanders for her license, but Sanders said she didn't have it on her. The passenger, Cody Lee Von Wilkerson, told Snow he was not aware that Sanders didn't have her license, and offered his to Snow. Wilkerson handed Snow a medical marijuana license. Snow asked Wilkerson again for his drivers' license, and Wilkerson insisted he had already given it to Snow. Dispatch checked both Wilkerson and Sanders information, and advised they both had active driver's licenses, but Sanders also had a warrant out of Canadian County.
By this time, Officer Dakota Castle had arrived to provide backup for the stop. Snow went to take Sanders into custody, while Castle checked out Wilkerson. When Sanders exited the driver's seat into Snow's custody, Snow observed a crystal like substance in Sanders' seat. Once Sanders was secured, the substance field tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine.
Meanwhile, Wilkerson admitted to Officer Castle that he had been using marijuana. Castle attempted to complete a filed sobriety test on Wilkerson, but Wilkerson said he was unable to complete the tests due to a condition with his feet. A wrecker came to take the vehicle, and Castle was placed into custody for public intoxication. Sanders and Wilkerson were transported to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Sanders was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unsafe lane use, and driving without a license. According to PCPSC records, Wilkerson was released by the court on May 20, and Sanders was released by the court on May 21.
• On May 17, Officer Matt Gokey was dispatched on a welfare check to Love's at around 8:30 am. Upon arrival Gokey made contact with the reporting Love's employee, who said there was a female sitting slumped over in the driver's seat of a car outside. Gokey observed the female sitting in a blue Chevy Trailblazer on the east side of the building, according to the incident report.
He approached the driver's window and knocked on the glass. At this sound, the female jumped up and opened the door, and began quickly telling Gokey she was fine. Gokey asked again if she was OK, to which she said "Yes, I am fine, I am just rolling a joint."
The female was identified as Maria Emery, and she admitted to smoking one marijuana joint already that day. Gokey noted that Emery's movements were erratic and unusual, but she couldn't keep her eyes open for very long. Although Emery had a valid medical marijuana license, Gokey suspected she had used something other than just a marijuana joint.
Gokey asked Emery how long she had been parked at Love's, and she said about three days. Gokey asked Emery what day it was, and she incorrectly answered "Saturday." Gokey asked what time of day it was, and Emery again answered incorrectly with "about 4:30 to 5 pm." Dispatch informed Gokey that Emery did not have any warrants, but Gokey took her into custody for public intoxication.
Gokey found that the vehicle Emery was in was inoperable and would not start. There was a dog inside the vehicle, which was put into custody of animal control. A 48-hour impound sticker was placed on Emery's vehicle, and she was transported to the PCPSC. Emery was booked into the facility on May 17, and released by the court on May 18.