Report of vehicle in ditch leads to drug arrest

A report that a vehicle was off the roadway and in a ditch on U.S. 425 Saturday afternoon resulted in the arrest of the driver on drug-related charges.

Wayne Miller, 51, of England was taken into custody after Trooper Zack Varnell of the Arkansas State Police found him behind the wheel of the vehicle about a mile south of the Arkansas Highway Department.

According to Varnell’s report, there were no skid marks on or off the roadway, indicating that the vehicle had been traveling at a slow speed when it went into the ditch.

Varnell said when he made contact with Miller, “I could tell he was impaired,” but there was no smell of intoxicants on Miller or in the vehicle.

The report said Varnell found an orange pill bottle with the sticker torn off that contained 15 white pills that were identified as morphine, 11 peach pills that were also identified as morphine and four purple pills that were identified as zolpidem, which is a sleep aid.

Another pill bottle containing 1.1 ounces of suspected marijuana was found on Miller, Varnell said in the report, along with a smoking pipe.

Miller was arrested after he failed a series of field sobriety tests.

After a court hearing Monday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Miller with felony possession of a controlled substance and set his bond at $10,000.

Miller was also charged with misdemeanor DWI, driving on a suspended driver’s license, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and careless/prohibited driving.

Miller said he would hire his own attorney.