Pee break leads to Vernon drug charge

It wasn’t the best place to stop for a bathroom break. And that was just the beginning of issues for a Vernon man Sunday morning.

It wasn’t the best place to stop for a bathroom break.

And that was just the beginning of issues for a Vernon man Sunday morning.

Vernon RCMP officers, conducting downtown patrols near 29th Street and 29th Avenue Sunday at 1:15 a.m., noticed a man urinating beside a parked vehicle.

“As the officers stopped to talk to the man, they noticed two lines of white powder and a wallet on the hood of the car the man was urinating beside,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and being drunk in public.

While conducting  a search of the man, officers also found a small quantity of marijuana, then, while preparing to book the man into RCMP cells for an overnight stay, police found a small quantity of cocaine on the man.

The suspect was released from cells the following morning on a promise to appear in court to face a charge of possession of cocaine.