Police: Passenger's strange behavior triggers discovery of dangerous drugs

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 24, 2013 

Jamie Collier

A woman's "inadvertent movements" and failure to wear a seat belt initiated a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, ending in the arrest of her acquaintance — the driver — for possession of a controlled substance, according to a Columbus police report.

At about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of River Road and 42nd Street, an officer noticed that the front female passenger of a passing Chevy pickup allegedly wasn't wearing her seat belt. After the officer turned on his lights, the truck slowed down and continued driving, slowly, for two more blocks.

The officer further observed that the woman allegedly appeared to make "several inadvertent movements with her hands" and was also seen "leaning over" several times.

Upon being stopped, the driver, Jamie Collier, 23, told officers that his driver's license was suspended. The passenger's behavior triggered a search of the vehicle, which discovered a pill bottle in the dash.

The bottle allegedly contained three hydrocodone pills, three trazadone pills, five tramadol pills and two propranolol pills.

Collier said the pills were his; he was further able to identify what kind of pills were in the bottle.

Collier said he did not have a prescription.

Collier was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous drugs and taken to the Muscogee County Jail.

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