Red-light running drivers and wriggling passengers led to the arrest of three men and the discovery of Schedule II drugs Thursday near Moon Road, according to a Columbus Police report.
Officers first noticed Shannon Whitten, 43, run a red light on JR Allen Parkway Access Road at about 5:50 p.m. The officers tried to stop the vehicle, but Whitten and his two passengers continued moving quickly toward the Moon Road exit. All the while, police reported the occupants appeared to be shifting around in the Ford Explorer.
The Explorer halted at the Moon Road exit. Officers made their first arrest when they discovered an unidentified Schedule II drug in the car. Since no one claimed possession, all three occupants were charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and drugs not kept in original container.
A Schedule II drug is defined as any drug that has a heightened rate of addiction when used illegally or improperly. If prescription, the drug requires a prescription from a doctor, has certain federal restrictions on refills and dosage. Illegal drugs such as cocaine and meth are commonly placed in Schedule II.
Whitten was also driving without a license. He was arrested, and additionally charged with driving without a state license, no state tag, no proof of insurance, switching or removing tag, improperly transferred license plate and failure to obey traffic control device.
Whitten's arrest and the Schedule II drug led to a search of the other two occupants. Jeffery Scott, 30, was the next in custody after police noticed his open container of beer. He was additionally charged with open container violation and violation of probation.
No additional violations were found for the third man arrested, 35-year-old Jason Howell.
Whitten, Scott and Howell were taken to Muscogee County Jail.