A man from Lovely, Ky. was arrested on State Rt. 10 in Logan County recently after he was reportedly found to be traveling at less than half of the speed limit.
Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he was conducting a patrol on Rt. 10 when he came up behind a car reportedly traveling at 25 miles per hour in a 55 zone.
After initiating a traffic stop, Garren found Christopher Hairston, 35, of Lovely, behind the wheel, and, while speaking with Hairston, Garren reports he could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
The criminal complaint filed by Garren states, “This officer asked the defendant if he had been smoking marijuana to which the defendant advised that he had.”
However, Hairston reportedly did not provide Hairston with an answer when asked if there were any illegal drugs in the vehicle.
Garren then reportedly asked Hairston to exit the vehicle, and, while doing so, Hairston allegedly stated to Garren that he “may find some old marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray.”
During his search of the car, Garren reports he found a backpack with three mason jars containing around 40 grams of marijuana, two sets of scales and a .25 caliber handgun.
Trooper N.C. Boothe reportedly arrived on scene and assisted Garren by having Hairston go through the standard set of field sobriety tests.
Hairston reportedly failed the walk-and-turn and one-legged stand tests.
The criminal complaint adds, “Trooper Boothe also used his [advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement] ARIDE training and was able to determine the defendant was under the influence of marijuana.”
Hairston was a reportedly transferred to Logan Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.
Hairston has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon.
Hairston’s bond was set to $4,000.
Criminal complaints are public information, and any charges contained therein are merely accusations. Anyone accused of a crime should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]