Police: Cyclist stopped for riding without light had meth, pills

November 19, 2013 

— A Boise man has been charged with drug possession after a police officer stopped him Monday night for cycling without a light.

Police say Daniel Charles Tucker, 38, was riding at 11 p.m. near West Franklin Road and South Hilton Street without the required front headlamp or rear reflector when the officer saw him.

Boise police recently started a program to hand out safety lights instead of tickets to cyclists spotted riding without them.

But when the officer stopped Tucker, the cyclist pedaled away, cutting across a parking lot, police said. The officer activated his lights and sirens and followed the suspect.

Police were able to cut Tucker off as he pedaled on Hilton Street, forcing him to stop. A check of the bicycle’s serial number showed it had been reported stolen Nov. 6 near University Drive.

A K-9 police dog alerted to the presence of drugs in a nearby bush, where officers found what they said were some of Tucker’s personal items along with syringes, a bottle containing methamphetamine and multiple prescription pills. Two of the syringes were used while a third contained a liquid, police say.

Tucker was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. He has been charged with four felony counts of drug possession, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, possession of paraphernalia, resisting and obstructing, and possession of a prescription drug in other than its original container.

He is set to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

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