By IVY HERRON
A traffic stop because of a case of the munchies led to the arrest of a Clay County man for two drug-related charges at the drive-through window of a local restaurant on Sunday.
Around 10:30 p.m., Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Siddons was parked near the Burger King parking lot at the intersection of S.R. 59 and 42 when a Pontiac Fire Bird sped by with the tires spinning and squealing.
Deputy Siddons followed the car north as it pulled into the Pilot Travel Center and went around back to the McDonald's drive- through area. The deputy smelled a pungent odor believed to be marijuana coming from the vehicle while questioning Jacob K. Kester.
The deputy asked to search Kester and his vehicle, but was given permission to only search Kester's person. When asked a second time about searching the car, Kester said he didn't want to go to jail because there was a pound of marijuana on the front passenger seat of the car.
Kester was taken into custody and placed in the police cruiser before Deputy Siddons proceeded with the vehicle search.
Through the window of the vehicle a plastic department store bag could be seen. It was tied shut but had green leafs sticking out of the top. The substance later field tested positive as a raw form of marijuana as if harvested and dried straight from a field.
Kester, 25, was booked into the Clay County Justice Center for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
During jail booking, the location of Kester's current address became an oddity as he told officers he lived in Staunton, but a check of his driver's license showed Cory while the license plate on the vehicle came back with a Knightsville address.