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Traffic stop ends in meth arrest

Staff Writer | December 22, 2020 1:00 AM

POST FALLS — Police arrested a man who they said led them on a chase.

Jesse D. Cline, 41, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony.

Police said Cline was leaving “a known drug house” in Post Falls last Thursday morning when he failed to complete a stop at an intersection.

When police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Cline allegedly sped up. Police said they pursued Cline’s truck, a silver Chevy Silverado, at speeds of up to 55 mph in a residential area before the truck eventually stopped.

After Cline exited the truck, police detained him in handcuffs.

Police said a plastic bag containing 27 grams of meth was sitting in plain view on the driver’s seat.

In Idaho, possessing between 28 and 200 grams of meth is considered trafficking, a felony punishable by a minimum of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Police arrested Cline at the scene.

Judge Timothy Van Valin ordered Friday that Cline, who was reportedly on parole from a 2013 case, be held on $150,000 bail.