A pair of traffic stops on the U.S. 441 bypass resulted in the arrests of three people during the past week for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Commerce Police Department.
Justin Smith, 25, of 1050 Walnut Street, Athens, had a unique excuse, however. He said he smoked meth “to numb the pain” of his mother’s death.
He was a back-seat passenger in a vehicle that inexplicably stopped suddenly on the bypass, causing other motorists to have to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision. A Commerce officer who witnessed the event responded as the suspect vehicle pulled from the left lane over to the road shoulder.