When a driver without taillights and with only one headlight attracted the attention of a Worthington police officer last week, the driver was cooperative and handed over some illegal substances along with his driver’s license. He was released at the end of a traffic stop, but he’s now facing a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine.
Bradley Eugene Taylor, 42, of Stinesville, was pulled over by Deputy Marshal James T. Harrington of the Worthington Police Department around 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, June 21.
Harrington said Taylor was southbound on State Road 67/US 231 through Worthington without illuminated taillights and with a headlight out. He was stopped near the Dollar General Store on the south side of town.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Harrington, the driver admitted he had a small amount of marijuana left and said he had bought 1.5 grams of methamphetamine for $110 about three hours earlier.
He gave his drivers license to the officer, and also handed him an open pack of cigarettes with a clear ziplock baggie that contained a white crystal-like substance. He had marijuana in his back pocket and other items of paraphernalia in his red 2004 Honda Accord.
Taylor was not wanted on any warrants.
Harrington wrote that he got contact information from Taylor, gave him his license back and released him, but kept the items of evidence. Later when the baggie with the white crystal-like substance was field tested, it tested positive as methamphetamine.
A criminal case was filed and a warrant issued for Taylor’s arrest on Monday.
Early Wednesday, Taylor was taken into custody by Officer Harrington and booked in to the Greene County Jail.
When Taylor appears in court for his initial hearing, he will be charged with:
- Possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony
- Possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor
- Possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor