Marijuana and rolling papers found in councilman’s car
Boulder City Councilman Erwin “Richard” Polk was arrested with marijuana and rolling papers in his car last Tuesday, according to a police report.
The arrest was at the corner of 14th and Spruce Street on Sept. 25. Officer K.J. Steinman noticed the car straddling both lanes on 15th Street. Steinman turned on his overhead lights, and Polk stopped his car in the middle of the street.
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The report said that Polk looked through a closed window with a “blank stare.” Steinman asked him why he straddled both lanes, and Polk said he was unaware he did.
In the report, Steinman said he detected a strong odor of marijuana.
After Steinman mentioned the odor, the councilman responded, “Wait, can we do something else? I am a Boulder City Council member. I’m embarrassed.”
The report said Polk admitted to smoking something four hours earlier. He also told Steinman he drank a glass of wine. Polk was confusing his words, according to the report, but he cooperated with Steinman.
After searching Polk and his car, Steinman found marijuana and rolling papers, the report said.
According to the report, Steinman proceeded to arrest Polk for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
While transporting him to the police department, Polk said, “I know this does not make it better, but if you look at the stuff, it is low grade stuff,” according to the report.
After providing the police with a urine sample, Polk was summonsed and released.
Polk declined to comment on the arrest, but said, “It’s not a good idea to connect matters. My situation is a personal issue.”