Gabriel Travis Pearce, 29, was driving north on Alabama St. when Patrolman Kenny Hill noticed the vehicle's taillights were malfunctioning and pulled him over.
In the course of the stop, Hill noticed that Pearce spoke with slurred but rapid speech and was trying to hide something between his legs.
Because of the odd behavior, Hill, who was assisted by Patrolman Chris Blilia, had probable cause because of safety issues. A butane canister was discovered in
inside was found on Pearce during a search.
The patrolmen offered Pearce a drug test, which he refused.
Arrested and booked into the Clay County Jail, Pearce was charged with one count of Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D Felony punishable with up to 3 years in prison and/or a fine not more than $10,000; and one count of Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to a year in prison and a fine not more than $5,000.