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A call about an intoxicated person driving on the highway ended with a traffic stop in a local drive-thru.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said Desloge Officer Jeff Womble received a dispatch for an extremely intoxicated person driving north on U.S. 67 in red Ford Focus with Nevada license plates at 11:53 p.m. Sept. 3.

Womble saw the car turning off of U.S. 67 into Desloge and onto Bush Lane.

“Womble attempted to make a traffic stop and the driver (entered) the drive-thru at Jack in the Box,” said Bullock. “He continued to try to get the vehicle to stop following the driver into the drive-thru. The driver continued to go through, so Womble backed out and went down to the exit.”

Bullock said Womble blocked the exit and stopped the driver, identified as a 29-year-old man with a Bonne Terre address.

“Womble exited his patrol car and approached the man, as he spoke with the man he could smell a strong odor of alcohol,” said Bullock. “Corporal Dustin Cash and Officer Greg Northrup arrived to the scene to assist and as they were removing the suspect from the vehicle Cash saw in plain sight a pipe, two bags of pills and several small empty bags in the driver’s side door.”

Bullock said after they searched the car they found a large plastic bag in the center console that contained two smaller bags of the same type of pills and several hundred small plastic bags which are generally used for packaging drugs to distribute.

The man was arrested for felony driving while intoxicated persistent offender and driving while revoked, possession of controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failing to use a turn signal and they are going to attempt to file a charge of distributing. Charges are pending.

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