2 traffic stops lead to 2 drug arrests, deputies say

2 traffic stops lead to 2 drug arrests, deputies say

Two traffic stops in Richland Center this week resulted in two separate suspects facing drug charges, Richland County officials said.

A Richland County sheriff’s deputy made contact with the driver Wednesday of a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of a closed business in Richland Center, according to a release.

During the interaction, the deputy learned the operator, 27-year-old Perry M. Phillips, of Richland Center, had driven to the parking lot and had a revoked driver’s license due to a drunken driving offense, officials said.

As he was being arrested, Phillips started acting nervous when he saw the sheriff department’s K-9 Rambo was on scene, according to the release. K-9 Rambo gave a positive indication on the vehicle in and eventually found methamphetamine.

Phillips was arrested on tentative charges of possession of meth, operating while revoked and three counts of bail jumping.

After being booked into the Richland County Jail, Phillips became physically unruly and aggressive toward deputies. As a result, he faces additional charges of battery by a prison to an officer and disorderly conduct.

A deputy injured in the incident was treated and released from the Richland Center Hospital the same day, officials said.

On Thursday, an officer with the Richland Center Police Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle, according to the release.

Before deploying Rambo to search the vehicle, an officer observed a passenger in the vehicle start to reach for his pants pocket, officials said. Officers ordered the passenger to stop reaching for his pocket, and when he didn’t comply the officers removed the passenger from the vehicle and secured him.

Officers recovered meth from the pocket of the passenger, according to the release.

As a result of the traffic stop, 27-year-old James R. Heather, of Baraboo, was arrested on a tentative charge of possession of meth. He also had an outstanding warrant through the department of corrections.