A Webster Parish deputy sheriff responding to a complaint of a reckless driver on Interstate 20 Sunday turned the traffic stop into a drug arrest and a trip to the parish lockup for a Ouachita Parish man.
Sheriff Gary Sexton says 32-year-old Brandon Joe Wellerman has been charged with two counts of possession of illegal narcotics with intent to distribute, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and three traffic charges including driving under suspension, no liability insurance and expired inspection sticker.
Wellerman, a resident of Glen Acres Road in Calhoun, was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center facing a total of $26,100 in bonds.
Sexton said Wellerman’s vehicle reportedly was weaving outside his eastbound lane of travel when the deputy first made contact.
“He told our deputy he had driven off the road a couple of times because he was sleepy,” Sexton said.
After discovering Wellerman had no driver’s license and no insurance, the deputy reportedly obtained permission to search the vehicle. Inside, he found substances believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana along with assorted drug paraphernalia, Sexton said.