Drivers are often aware of the speed limit on the highway, but not every person may understand that there is also a speed minimum. Law enforcement has the right to pull a vehicle over for going both above and below the posted speed limit.
An Oregon man driving through Pennsylvania learned this lesson the hard way last week when he was pulled over by a state trooper for going 30 miles per hour under the posted speed limit. Mark Joseph Doyle, 63, of Oregon was arrested while transporting 510 pounds of vacuum-sealed dried marijuana flower on the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Mount Pleasant Township.
The arresting officer became suspicious when he witnessed the box truck driving at the “unreasonably slow speed” of only 40 miles per hour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike where the speed limit is 70 miles per hour. Mark Joseph Doyle, 63, was driving the box truck when it was pulled over by Trooper Marmol.
“A probable cause search was conducted of the box truck,” wrote Trooper Ryan Marmol. “A small amount of suspected marijuana was located in the cab of the box truck and approximately 510 pounds of suspected marijuana was located in a crate that was inside of the cargo area of the box truck. All evidence was seized and entered into evidence.”
Doyle is being charged with a felony count of “manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor possession,” according to the Pennsylvania State Police. He is being held at the Westmorland County Jail without bail.
Doyle isn’t the only person to be apprehended while transporting large quantities of illegal drugs in this area. This part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, near the New Stanton Interchange, is known for big drug busts, according to state police officers.
“We have a hub when it comes to the New Stanton exchange and that New Stanton exchange off the Turnpike has a multitude of major arteries that come in and out,” State Trooper Stephen Limani said. “It just doesn’t stop, and it is a constant battle.”
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