Lincecum’s 2006 Mercedes, northbound on Interstate 5 near the 78th Street exit in the Hazel Dell area, was recorded with a laser device at 74 mph in a 60 mph zone, said Trooper Steve Schatzel, a state patrol spokesman.
When the driver, Lincecum, rolled down his window, the trooper smelled marijuana. When asked, Lincecum reached into the vehicle’s center console and gave the officer a small pouch and a pipe, Schatzel said.
The amount was 3.3 grams — about the size of a thumb, Schatzel said. Anything 40 grams or under is considered for personal use, he said.
For at least part of the traffic stop, the 5-foot-11 Lincecum, who sported a distinctive mane of hair during the baseball season, stood outside the Mercedes. Schatzel was not sure how long the traffic stop lasted.
Lincecum was cited and released, “which is what we normally do for that crime,” Schatzel said.
The speeding citation was for $122. He is expected to be arraigned on Nov. 23 in Clark County District Court. Each of the drug-related offenses carry a possible fine of up to $250.
Schatzel said the motorcycle officer was joined by an officer in a marked patrol car. One of them recognized the name as that of the star pitcher; one of the officers did not know Lincecum’s claim to fame.
Lincecum, 25, attended Liberty High School in Renton, where was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington. He later starred for the University of Washington, winning in the Golden Spikes award in 2006 as the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2008 and might win it again this year after going 15-7 with a 2.47 ERA and 261 strikeouts.
Lincecum is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Various reports say he is expected to earn a pay raise to more than $10 million for 2010.
A call today to Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, was referred to Josh Goldberg, who was not immediately available.