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Man faces pot, felony criminal damage charges

Matthew Justin Daly

Matthew Justin Daly

Prescott police arrested Matthew Justin Daly, 36, of Prescott on Friday, Dec. 23, on charges including possession of marijuana for sale and felony criminal damage after a witness saw him crash his SUV into a light pole and an officer found marijuana on him and inside his car, Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt said.

An officer booked Daly into the Yavapai County jail in Prescott on charges of possession of marijuana for transport or sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, felony criminal damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI to the slightest degree, and leaving the scene of an accident.

At 1:22 p.m., officers answered a call about a reckless driver in a gold Toyota 4 Runner in the 400 block of Miller Valley Road that crossed the center line, collided with a light pole, then drove away, according to the police report.

The pole was swaying back and forth in the wind, so officers called APS, which estimated the cost to replace it at $5,000, Reinhardt said.

Police found an SUV matching a witness's description in a parking lot in the 600 block of Miller Valley Road, saw a man inside passed out across the center console, and smelled marijuana, according to the police report.

When the officer asked the man, later identified as Daly, whether he was injured, Daly asked, "Did I hit something?" according to the police report.

The officer saw damage to the SUV's front bumper and grill consistent with colliding with a light pole, and field sobriety tests later indicated that Daly was impaired, according to the police report.

As Daly stepped out of the SUV, the officer saw a small glass jar full of marijuana buds come out of Daly's sweatshirt pocket, according to the police report. When the officer asked Daly if he had a valid prescription card to possess marijuana, Daly said he did not, according to the police report.

The officer told Daly he was under arrest for possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident, and suspicion of DUI, Reinhardt said.

While searching Daly, the officer found a baggie with 16 prescription pills later identified as alprazolam, carisprodol and oxycodone, according to the police report.

When the officer searched Daly's SUV, he found a duffel bag with eight baggies each with about 30 grams of marijuana inside, a pill bottle with 2.2 grams of marijuana, and two rolled marijuana cigarettes, as well as a baggie of compressed hashish weighing 64.5 grams, a digital scale, and a metal grinder, according to the police report. The total weight of the marijuana found was 11.67 ounces.

Daly told the officer that he wanted to speak to an attorney before answering any questions related to the drugs, Reinhardt said.

The report was sent to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for review of possible additional charges, Reinhardt said.

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