A Watkinsville man faces three drug-related charges after an officer spotted his vehicle weaving on U.S. 441 South and pulled him over.
Donald Gene McClain, 21, 49 Van Lane, Watkinsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule IV narcotic, driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, misdemeanor possession of marijuana — and weaving on the roadway.
Upon stopping the vehicle and making contact with McClain, the officer said he immediately noticed the odor of marijuana. McClain handed the officer a weapons permit and advised that he had a loaded pistol in the vehicle. The officer said McClain exhibited “sluggish” movements, had “sleepy” eyes and slurred speech.
A search of his person yielded a prescription container for clonazepam, but it contained Xanax, and according to the written report, McClain told the officer that he took Paxil and clonazepam three hours earlier.
The officer got consent to search the vehicle, recovered the firearm, and found a small amount of marijuana near the gear shift. He also found the prescription bottle for Paxil, but the officer said when he asked again what medications the suspect took, he replied, Paxil, Klonopin and Xanax.
Following a field sobriety test, the officer charged McClain with DUI, but that charge is pending the result of a blood test administered by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from a blood sample taken at Northridge Medical Center.