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Meth, explosive found at arrest of eluding suspect

Godwin, 34, faces multiple felony, misdemeanor charges

— An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month.

Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and Kamiah Marshal’s Office have been searching for Godwin since July 29 when he allegedly failed to yield for police during a traffic stop on No Kid Road on the city limits of Kamiah. According to a KMO release, Godwin allegedly fled on U.S. Highway 12 into Idaho County and onto Rock Road where he left his vehicle and swam across the Clearwater River.

According to court documents, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified last Saturday, Aug. 20, that Godwin had arrived at a residence on 14 Red Barn Lane just outside Grangeville. Law enforcement officers located Godwin at a motor home on the property and arrested him without incident.

During a search of the motor home, officers allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and a black power pipe bomb. Godwin was subsequently charged with possession of meth and unlawful possession of a destructive device, both felonies, along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Also arrested at the scene was Godwin’s fiancée, Jessica Marie Kippling, 20, of Grangeville, on the same charges.

Godwin has two outstanding warrants for his arrest: Clearwater County for failure to pay a fine on a driving without privileges conviction, and Washington County for failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge.

Five officers were involved in Godwin’s arrest Saturday, including from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments, and Idaho State Police.


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