Jeremy Lovato, 23, of Abiquiu was charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, driving while license suspended, improper display of registration plate, no insurance and improper display of registration plate following a Feb. 12 traffic stop by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto.
Court documents indicate that Nieto ran the license plate number on a pick-up truck driven by Lovato and discovered that the registration was suspended. Lovato proceeded to turn off the road into a driveway on 38th Street but soon backed out onto the street. When Nieto followed him, he turned off the street again at the Giant gas station, at which point Nieto conducted a traffic stop.
Nieto’s report states that Lovato told him he didn’t have insurance or registration papers because he had just bought the vehicle and that he had admitted to trying to avoid Nieto. He also told Nieto his driver’s license was suspended. When Nieto ran the vehicle identification number on the truck, it returned with a different license plate number than the one on the truck.
While Lovato was being booked at the Los Alamos Detention Center, the report states that he was found to have concealed a Suboxone strip in a body cavity.
A preliminary hearing has been set for March 9 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.