If you’re going to file a complaint with law enforcement, consider not arousing suspicion to yourself, a man forgot that last week !
On Tuesday December 12th, 27 year old Tommy Ruiz of Hickory paid a visit to the Alexander County Sheriff Office. He says he intended to complain about not having his drivers license returned following a traffic stop but he might have told officers, including Sheriff Chris Bowman and Chief Deputy Todd Jones, a bit too much.
Ruiz was stopped by deputies Monday, December 11th and left the scene before the officers could return his license. Sheriff Bowman said that the department intended to mail the license to the address listed. While discussing the matter with Sheriff Bowman and Deputy Jones, Ruiz began acting erratically. He moved about Sheriff Bowman’s office and at one point put hands in his pockets and his face to the corner of the room. That behavior was more than enough to create reasonable suspicion according to Sheriff Bowman. Ruiz even admitted to “being a little tipsy” and confessed to smoking marijuana earlier.
A search of the suspect’s vehicle uncovered marijuana and a juvenile waiting in the car as well. Ruiz was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Following his arrest he was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $5,5000 secured bond. Ruiz has a court appearance in Taylorsville on February, 5th 2018.
The juvenile was turned over to a family member.