by Emily Waldrep
A 20 year old Woodville man was arrested on drug charges in Woodville after Officers with the Woodville Police Department pulled over for erratic driving.
Officer Deshazo with the Woodville Police Department was on patrol on South Magnolia when he noticed a vehicle driving erratically. Deshazo stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, who he identified as Christopher Montoya, age 20, of Woodville.
According to Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, Deshazo also observed a young child in the backseat of the vehicle. While interviewing Montoya, Deshazo observed him push something through the window that hit the ground at the officer's feet. Deshazo looked down and observed a crushed up marijuana blunt or cigarette. The officer asked Montoya to exit the vehicle and noticed he was very unsteady on his feet, showed signs of slurred speech, and other signs of intoxication.
According to McCulley, Montoya was then placed under arrest for the marijuana cigarette and driving under the influence.
Montoya was patted down, and officers found three small baggies of marijuana in his jacket pocket. Montoya was then put in the back of the patrol car, and Deshazo called a State Trooper to assist with the DWI charge.
While Montoya was in the back of the patrol car, officers noticed he was moving around in the backseat quite a bit and had Montoya exit the car and a search of the car revealed a large quantity of Xanax tablets that had spilled all over the floor and seat of the patrol car. The Xanax was removed and taken into evidence and a Trooper arrived and preformed a field sobriety test, and it was confirmed that Montoya was under the influence.
Montoya was charged with Driving Under The Influence with a Child Under 14, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 and Tampering with Evidence.
Montoya's blood was drawn by mandatory draw at Tyler County Hospital.