Police: Drunk driver caught with stash of drugs in Rock Hill traffic stop

01/03/2014 1:50 PM

01/03/2014 1:53 PM

A Rock Hill driver police stopped for lane drifting and allegedly driving while drunk was found with 99 Xanax pills stashed between the driver’s seat and center console, and pot in his mouth on Thursday, authorities say.

At about 11:30 p.m., a police officer on patrol noticed an orange Mitsubishi Eclipse speeding on Celanese Road, change lanes without using a turn signal as the car turned on India Hook Road, according to a Rock Hill police report. The officer performed a traffic stop on Herlong Avenue.

Police spoke with the driver, Christopher Alex Williams, 24, whose breath smelled of alcohol, the report states. His eyes were glassy and his speech slurred. The officer could also smell marijuana.

Williams told the officer he did not have any pot and began to roll up his window. The policeman ordered Williams out of the car. While searching the car, the officer found a zip lock bag with the Xanax pills between the driver’s seat and center console. Williams also told the officer he smoked a bowl of marijuana in Charlotte and drank two Red Bull and vodka mixed drinks. Williams opened his mouth, showing the officer that his tongue was green and there was pot between his teeth.

Police later found 11 green clonazepam pills at the bottom of the center console. Clonazepam treats anxiety disorder and is commonly known as Klonopin. After failing a field sobriety test, Williams was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule IV drug, possession on clonazepam, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.

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