Suspect unsure how meth ended up in ice cream

Author: Rob Kauder, Internet Content Manager, robk@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 02 2013 10:45:04 AM PST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 11:46:22 PM PST
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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A driver stopped for a traffic infraction was unsure how to explain to a Spokane County sheriff's deputy how a plastic baggie filled with meth ended up in a quart of ice cream.

The man, identified as Steven Fitch, 60, was pulled over by Deputy Jeff Thurman Friday night in the 100 block of S. Havana Street. As Thurman started talking to Fitch, he explained he did not have a valid driver's license.

Thurman went back to his patrol car to check on Fitch's driving status when he noticed him reach into his center console. Concerned for his safety he ordered Fitch out of his car, which is when the deputy noticed Fitch's hands were covered in a white creamy substance.

"When Deputy Thurman ordered him to show him his hands, to get him away from the center console, he put them up in the air and Deputy Thurman saw right away a white creamy looking substance all over his hands which turned out to be vanilla ice cream," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

Further inspection revealed there was a quart of ice cream sitting in the center console of the car. Inside the ice cream was a baggie that was tested later positively for methamphetamine. Fitch tried to explain multiple times to Thurman that he had no idea how the meth ended up in his ice cream.

He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license.

Authorities confirmed Monday afternoon the ice cream was Dreyer's Vanilla Caramel.