A Caldwell man is behind bars today after a traffic stop revealed he was in possession of controlled substances.
At approximately 10:46 p.m., Nov. 17, an Ada County Sheriff's deputy stopped the suspect, Michael Aitchinson, 53, of Caldwell, near the corner of South Cole and West Ustick roads and placed him under arrest for driving with an invalid driver's license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Further investigation with a K-9 unit revealed narcotics inside the vehicle. A search found Aitchinson to be in possession of two 1-gram baggies of a crystal substance later determined to be methamphetamine and approximately 10 pills identified as schedule IV prescription painkiller Carisoprodol, for which the suspect did not have a prescription.
The suspect was booked into Ada County Jail on a felony charge of controlled substance violation—meth—and misdemeanor counts of probation violation, providing false information to an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid driver's license and possession of a prescription in other than the original canister.
Also on Nov. 17, at approximately 11 p.m., Boise police were called to a home near North Mitchell Street and West Cory Lane, where a resident was able to provide officers with a description of a man whom the victim said was rummaging through the inside of his pickup truck.
Minutes later, officers saw a man meeting the suspect's description. When questioned by officers, the suspect was found to have entered the victim's truck to steal items.
Shawn Bernhardt, 22, of Boise, was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony count of burglary.