Duo face felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Ceylon woman and Spirit Lake, Iowa, man are each facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Callie Reene Peta, 19, and Zackary Robert Tomas Hayes, 22, have each been charged with drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Dec. 11, a Fairmont police officer was sitting in his squad car parked by Heritage Acres in Fairmont when he observed a Grand Prix drive south toward him. A short distance behind the vehicle was a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy in a marked squad car.

The vehicle drove past the officer and the deputy pulled up next to the officer.

The deputy said he had followed the vehicle and was going to stop it for a suspended object in the windshield. At this time, the vehicle turned around and pulled up next to the deputy’s squad car. The female passenger rolled down her window and asked where the Social Security office was located.

The deputy parked his car and approached the suspect vehicle to speak with the occupants. The officer exited his squad vehicle and observed the deputy place a glass pipe with white residue on the hood of the car. The pipe had been handed to the deputy by an individual inside the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Hayes, told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license. Hayes was placed under arrest and handcuffed.

Hayes said the pipe was his and he knew he was going to prison. The deputy asked the female passenger, Peta, to exit the vehicle.

The officer began to search the vehicle and found a glass pipe containing meth residue. Another officer assisted in the vehicle search and found an empty bag on the floor where Peta had been sitting. The bag also contained meth residue.

The deputy indicated he had observed the glass pipe in plain view in Hayes’ right pocket when he first approached the vehicle. Hayes indicated all the items found in the vehicle were his.

Hayes and Peta were both placed under arrest and transported to the Martin County jail. A plastic bag containing meth was found on Peta.

The officer advised Hayes of his rights and he agreed to answer questions. Hayes said they had pulled up next to the officers so Peta could ask where the Social Security office was located. Hayes said the pipe was sticking out of his pocket and he gave it to the officer.

Hayes also stated the pipe and the plastic bag found on the floor of the vehicle were his. He said he was unaware of the meth found on Peta, and said they both had been using meth while he drove from Ceylon to Fairmont.

Peta was advised of her rights and stated she did not want to answer any questions.