A Given man was arrested recently on drug charges after a traffic stop in Kenna.
Joseph Allen Comer, 41, 470 18 Mile Creek Road, Given, was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. He also was charged with third-offense driving on a license suspended for driving under the influence.
Around 1:37 a.m. on Jan. 25, Deputy B.A. DeWees was traveling north West Virginia 21 in Kenna when ran the license plate of a blue Jeep Wrangler. The plate came back to a brown Ford Taurus, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
The vehicle crossed the center line twice, and DeWees conducted a traffic stop. The Jeep pulled into the parking lot of the Southern Jackson County Public Service District.
DeWees could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, according to the complaint. The deputy also saw two cases of Budweiser in the back of the Jeep and an empty can of Budweiser in the front passenger floor.
The complaint alleges Comer’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. DeWees had Comer step out of the vehicle for field-sobriety tests.
Comer had a knife on his side, so DeWees performed a pat-down check for weapons, according to the complaint.
While checking Comer’s front waistline, DeWees found a small, plastic, green tube with small baggies of suspected methamphetamine. DeWees also found a small plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana.
During the sobriety tests, Comer allegedly exhibited signs of impairment.
Dewees also learned that Comer had a bailpiece that was signed on Jan. 22. Dewees placed Comer under arrest and transported him back to the sheriff’s office for processing.
During processing, DeWees discovered that Comer had two prior convictions for driving on a license revoked for driving under the influence. The first conviction was on Oct. 2, 2012, and the second was on Sept. 23, 2014. Comer’s license was revoked for DUI.