Kershaw County deputies charged an Orangeburg man after they found cocaine, marijuana and a stolen handgun in his vehicle after he was pulled over for suspected drunk driving.
William Clay Ellison, 39, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a stolen pistol, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews.
A traffic officer patrolling Koon Road in Kershaw stopped a late model Chevrolet Malibu around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Matthews said. The deputy smelled alcohol as he approached the vehicle.
Ellison appeared to be intoxicated, and showed that he was impaired during a field sobriety test, Matthews said. Ellison was then arrested.
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Matthews said the officer searched the vehicle and found a half an ounce of cocaine, approximately three ounces of marijuana and a .40 caliber Taurus handgun, which had been reported stolen.
Ellison was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center and later released on $70,997 bond and put on electronic monitoring.
Ellison was sentenced to 25 years for distribution of crack cocained in 1995, but was released in 2006 after serving 11 years, Matthews said.