A 20-year-old North Carolina man who had been arrested for underage DUI is now facing drug charges in addition to the underage DUI. The incident allegedly began when law enforcement clocked a 2003 Ford pickup truck driving 70 mph in a 50 mph zone. Police say the 20-year-old had red, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath when the driver was pulled over for speeding.
Police reportedly subjected the 20-year-old to an Intoxilyzer test, which reportedly returned a result of .04. The drinking age in North Carolina is 21 years of age. A North Carolina underage DUI charge can be supported with any measurable amount of alcohol. North Carolina has a zero tolerance policy in its underage DUI law.
The 20-year-old reportedly exhibited a good demeanor and had a job. A magistrate allowed for the 20-year-old to be released from jail into the custody of his mother. Jail officials say they conducted a search of the 20-year-old before his release from jail. During the search, authorities say they found two baggies containing marijuana. Jail officials claim the 20-year-old had a baggie of marijuana in each sock.
The 20-year-old now faces drug charges in addition to the underage DUI charge. Officials have charged the man with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises. The man was not immediately released into the custody of his mother; he was held in the jail on ,000 bond after the alleged discovery of marijuana.
Source: Gaston Gazette, “Jail search turns up more trouble for young drunken driving suspect,” Kevin Ellis 1 Apr 2011