A Braham man is facing a felony drug charge after parking outside a sheriff deputy’s residence, walking up his driveway and then driving away after being questioned by the deputy.
Jason Raymond Fehrman, 33, was charged on May 31 before Judge John Klossner in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor possession of an open bottle in a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions and his next court appearance for June 6.
The alleged incident began around 10 p.m. May 29 when Isanti County Deputy Tyler Johnson was off duty, sitting in the living room of his residence in Stanchfield Township, when he witnessed a vehicle park out front of his residence, black out and shut off. Johnson heard someone exit the vehicle and begin to walk up his driveway.
Fehrman has two prior felony convictions for fifth-degree drugs out of Isanti County from June 4, 2015, and Feb. 11, 2016.
According to the criminal complaint:
At the time Johnson heard someone begin to walk up his driveway he contacted Braham Police Officer Jesse Zajac and asked if he could head his way due to the suspicious activity.
Johnson exited his residence and shined a light in the direction of the voices and footprints he was hearing. Johnson believed there were two individuals he heard. He asked what they were doing, but they turned around and ran back to their vehicle. The deputy then went inside and grabbed the key to his patrol vehicle and followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
Johnson approached the vehicle and identified the driver as Fehrman. Based on his initial contact with Fehrman, Johnson believed he was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Johnson observed he was naked from the waist down.
Johnson and Zajac observed a marijuana smoking device in a small holder on the dashboard of the pickup truck and an open container of an alcoholic beverage. When asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, Fehrman admitted to having marijuana in his lunch cooler.
More officers arrived on scene and a search of Fehrman’s vehicle was conducted. During the search, they also located a small amount of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine, which later field-tested positive.
Fehrman was arrested for fifth-degree drugs. During transport to the jail, Fehrman admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe in his rectum, which was retrieved once they arrived at the jail.