Two people found in a porta potty were charged after a police officer recognized a stolen car they were driving.
Stacey Lynn Erickson, 36, of Lenoir, was charged Saturday with identity theft, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony probation violation, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving during revocation, fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag and giving fictitious information to an officer, according to an arrest report from the Morganton Department of Public Safety.
Steven Allen Johnson, 33, of Morganton, also was charged in relation to the incident, according to an arrest report. Johnson was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Charges against Erickson and Johnson came after an MDPS officer ran the license plate of a car that had been reported as stolen, the arrest report said. The car pulled into a parking lot near Catawba Brewing Company and a man and woman, later identified as Erickson and Johnson, got out of the car, the report said.
When the officer confirmed that the car was reported stolen, the officer could no longer see Erickson and Johnson, the arrest report said. After being unable to find them while searching the area in a patrol car, the officer began a foot search, the report said.
The officer then noticed a porta potty that was labeled as in-use, the arrest report said. When the officer tried to open the door, it was locked. A man said, “I’m using the bathroom,” and the officer told him that he needed to come out, the arrest report said.
Johnson stepped out of the porta potty with his hands in the air, and when asked, told the officer that he didn’t know where his girlfriend was, the arrest report said.
When the officer opened the porta potty door to clear it, they located Erickson still inside of it, the arrest report said. Johnson and Erickson were taken back to the stolen car in the parking lot.
Officers who had searched the car reported that a methamphetamine pipe was laying on the front passenger’s seat, and a digital scale and small baggies, including four baggies that had methamphetamine residue on them, were found in the driver’s seat, the arrest report said.
There also were two phones, some clothes and a warrant that had been served on Erickson for unauthorized use of the car, the report said.
When Erickson was being searched at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, a bag of methamphetamine was found in a private part of her body, the report said.
Erickson is being held at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $53,500 total secured bond, according to the Burke County Police to Citizen website. Her next court date is set for today, the arrest report said.
Johnson was issued a $1,000 secured bond with a court date set for Feb. 20, his arrest report said.