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Armed and sweating felon jailed after claiming he didn’t know who owned vehicle he was driving

Christopher Michael Siebert

A Umatilla man who was “sweating profusely” and claimed he didn’t know who owned the vehicle he was driving was jailed last week after a traffic stop.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy stopped 34-year-old Christopher Michael Siebert last Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of SE 102nd Street and 125th Place after noticing that his license tag had expired on Jan. 30. Siebert was “constantly staring down at his cell phone and his hands were trembling” as he told the deputy he didn’t have his driver’s license or any form of identification with him. Siebert’s front-seat passenger claimed the car belonged to his mother’s friend “Karen” but couldn’t provide her last name, a sheriff’s office report states.

Due to Siebert’s behavior, the deputy requested a K-9 unit respond to the scene. The K-9 dog performed an open-air sniff of the vehicle and alerted, indicating the likely presence of narcotics, the report says.

The deputy asked Siebert to step out of the vehicle and he “spontaneously stated” that he had a gun and drugs in his pocket. The deputy placed him in handcuffs and located a loaded Davis Industries Derringer-style .38 special in his right front pants pocket. He didn’t find any illegal substances in Siebert’s pocket and he said it was probably in his black tactical-style backpack inside the vehicle, the report says.

The deputy secured the firearm, which had one live round of ammunition in the firing chamber. He then conducted a computer search and discovered that Siebert was a convicted as a felon in Marion County Court in May 2008, the report says.

The deputy also located the backpack in the rear floorboard and found a black plastic box inside it that contained several plastic bags. One of the bags contained a white crystal substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the report says.

After being read his rights, Siebert admitted that he was a convicted felon and said the firearm and methamphetamine belonged to him. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with carrying a concealed unlicensed firearm, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, displaying or using a firearm during a felony and possession of methamphetamine. He was being held on $45,000 bond and is due in court March 17 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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