On February 14, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m., two CHP officers monitoring traffic for speed violations on US-101 northbound at Marin City, observed a 1991 Subaru Legacy traveling above the posted speed limit.
According to a release from the California Highway Patrol the officers followed the vehicle to verify it was speeding and observed it continuously weaving in and out of its lane. The officers then initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle as they passed the E. Blithedale exit.
The release went on to state that the driver was slow to respond when the CHP unit turned on its lights. The driver eventually pulled into an active construction zone just north of Paradise Drive where the vehicle came to a stop.
The driver of the Subaru, 35 year-old Rudy Justin Nakooka of Clearlake, was given a field sobriety test and it was determined he was not under the influence.
While speaking with Nakooka, the officers detected the overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The officers asked Nakooka and his passenger, 32 year-old Peter Vincent Gielow of San Bruno, if there was any marijuana in the vehicle.
Both Nakooka and Gielow produced small amounts of marijuana that they had on their person. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in locating a much larger amount of packaged marijuana totaling in excess of 15 pounds.
While Gielow’s drivers license listed a San Bruno address, his jail booking paperwork indicates he now lives in Redwood City.
Both Nakooka and Gielow were placed under arrest and booked into Marin County Jail and will face charges of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and being in possession of marijuana for sale.
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