Paul Collins Broun III, son of U.S. Representative Paul Broun, was arrested this weekend in Athens for marijuana possession.
The trouble began when Broun's 2014 Cadillac was spotted stopped across the intersection of East Broad and Lumpkin streets at about 4:18 a.m. Saturday in downtown Athens, according to police.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported that "the officer attempted to make a traffic stop when Broun continued driving on South Lumpkin Street and turned onto a side street, where he drove to the end and pulled into a University of Georgia parking lot."
Though both Broun and his passenger, a University of Georgia employee, denied having marijuana in the car, the arresting officer smelled a strong odor of the drug. A subsequent search discovered a bag containing marijuana in the Cadillac's center console. In Broun's pocket, police also found a film canister with marijuana residue.
The exact amounts discovered were not reported.
Broun was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device.
Broun's father appeared Saturday evening in Columbus for a debate with the six other Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.