WEST BARNSTABLE – A car crash early Monday morning in West Barnstable led to a Centerville man being arrested on marijuana distribution charges.
Police responded to Old Stage Road around 2:45 a.m., where a vehicle had flipped over and taken down a utility pole.
Live utility wires were strewn around the scene. Several units responded and closed the road until NStar could make the scene safe.
Police say the driver, Simon Wiinikainen, 30, of Centerville, was found with four and a half ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He faces multiple charges.
Barnstable Patrol Officers Joe Green and Corbin Fries conducted the investigation. Police said Wiinikainen was rummaging through the upside-down vehicle when police arrived.
Officers moved him away from the vehicle and the live wires dangling just above it to ascertain what caused the accident. He explained that he was headed home when his dog jumped into the front seat and while trying to move it back he lost control and crashed.
Wiinikainen was evaluated by West Barnstable Rescue and refused medical treatment.
Officers stood by while he sat on the grass with his dog, and as soon as his wife arrived he got up and hastily went to her vehicle. Patrolman Green followed behind and said he observed Wiinikainen pull a bag out from under his clothes and attempt to conceal it under a seat in his wife’s car.
The bag was seized and located inside the bag were several ziplock bags, filled with what appeared to be marijuana, and identified by different names written on the bags in marker.
Police said that Wiinikainen said the marijuana, which, they said, was packaged for sale and all together weighed approximately 4.5 ounces, was for personal use and that he had a medical marijuana card.
More marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and more than $700 in cash were also seized from the vehicle and the crash site, police said.
Wiinikainen was arrested and charged with possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute, negligent operation, failing to stay within marked lanes, and impeded operation.