These things can slip one’s mind.
A Leavenworth man who was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday for drugs and other crimes had a to-do list in his backpack that included a reminder to get high.
That was item No. 5 on the list made by 22-year-old Justin Toms-Gardner and discovered by police.
They arrested him after he slammed his truck into a telephone pole hard enough to snap it in two and to yank two adjacent poles out of the ground. After the wreck, witnesses saw Toms-Gardner take a backpack out of the truck and try to hide it in a nearby yard.
Police found it. Inside, in addition to the to-do list, they also found digital scales, small plastic bags and ledgers detailing drug deals. The pack contained Methadone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Diazepam and marijuana.
The Leavenworth County Attorney’s office said Toms-Gardner made bond, but was arrested again several weeks later for trespassing and was found to be carrying methamphetamine packaged for sale.
In an agreement with prosecutors, Toms-Gardner pleaded guilty to 15 charges including possession with intent to distribute various drugs, forgery, criminal damage to property, attempting to leave the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a communications facility and driving under the influence.
The judge sentenced Toms-Gardner to 51 months and ordered him to pay $8,000 for the damaged telephone poles.