At Oklahoma Traffic Stop, Police Find Booze, A Rattle Snake, And Some Uranium

Stephen Jennings surprised police with a rattlesnake, powdered uranium, whiskey and a gun when they stopped his car.

Oklahoma police found more than they likely bargained for during a routine traffic stop this week when a search of the vehicle turned up a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe.

According to local news outlet Fox 59, Stephen Jennings was stopped at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for expired tags and left the encounter “charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to carry security verification form.”

Another individual, Rachel Rivera, was charged with possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

When police approached the vehicle, they discovered a Timber rattlesnake in the backseat, housed in a terrarium.

During a search of the vehicle, an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe was discovered next to the gun, which Jennings informed police was in the console.

Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs said they have no idea why the pair was transporting a canister of radioactive powdered uranium.

"When that happens of course, we call in a company that deals with that specifically and it's taken safely into possession," he said. "The uranium is the wild card in that situation."

No charges resulted from the rattlesnake, Sgt. Gibbs said, because "It happens to be rattlesnake season at the time, so he can be in possession of this rattlesnake because he has a valid lifetime hunting and fishing license.”