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2 Seattle men arrested after cops find pot

Despite speeding away from a traffic stop and even stealing a bicycle in an attempt to escape arrest, two Seattle men were in jail in Josephine County on Monday after sheriff's deputies found more than 30 pounds of marijuana in their car.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, Josephine County reserve deputies stopped a 1988 BMW with Washington license plates at about milepost 5 of Highway 199 for having its passenger-side taillight out.

The driver, Douglas Leonard Roberts, 29, of Seattle, seemed "overly nervous," and officers could smell marijuana, a police report said. During the stop, the passenger in the car, Michael Eugene Keever, 48, also of Seattle, scooted into the driver's seat and sped off, the report said. Deputies chased him, and, in the 1900 block of Dowell Road, Keever stopped the car and ran away. Officers found him a short time later riding a stolen bicycle on Union Avenue, near Williams Highway, a news release said.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Department's drug-sniffing dog found more than 30 pounds of dried marijuana in the car. Police also seized $2,220 in cash, the news release said.

The release said Roberts told investigators that he and Keever, who are both unemployed, were returning to Seattle from Humboldt County, Calif. Keever had a Washington warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug. Both Keever and Roberts now face charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.