Reckless driver arrested on drug charges |

Reckless driver arrested on drug charges

A man pulled over for reckless driving ended up in county jail on a number of drug-related charges Thursday night.

A witness called 911 at 9:23 p.m. to report a white truck swerving all over the road at Highway 49 and Allison Ranch Road, according to dispatch reports.

Additional calls were received about the truck, which was reportedly unable to maintain lanes and weaving as the driver proceeded eastbound and then got on Highway 20 heading west. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded because several passengers in a vehicle following the truck called 911, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Steele.

A CHP officer made a traffic stop on the truck at Highway 20 and Rex Reservoir Road and saw drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle, Steele said.

The driver, identified as James Berry Williamson, 36, of Redding, was evaluated and reportedly found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

A search of the truck uncovered more than $30,000 in cash and a small amount of narcotics, Steele said.

Williamson was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of a drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing stolen property. He was booked and released on $12,500 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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