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Driver tried to hide, but police found him anyway

A Wanamingo man's attempt to hide from police wasn't enough to keep him out of trouble with the law.

Gerald Padelford caught a Farmington police officer's attention last Jan. 15 when his car reportedly drifted over the centerline. The officer turned around to follow and found Padelford parked in a driveway with his lights off.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Padelford, 39, was sweating heavily and speaking very fast. He told the officer he had pulled into the driveway to turn around because he was lost.

Padelford's driver's license was cancelled in March of 2010.

While searching Padelford's car, police found a glass pipe with a residue of methamphetamine, and a camera case that contained a razor blade, plastic baggies and a digital scale.

According to the complaint, Padelford told police he knew he wasn't supposed to be driving. He admitted the drug-related items police found were his and that he used the pipe to smoke methamphetamine.

If convicted on a fifth-degree drug charge, a felony, Padelford could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000. A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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