DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 23-year-old man was arrested on drug charges after telling an officer he didn’t need tags or a driver’s license because he was “not for hire.”
A Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed the man’s silver Mitsubishi SUV without a tag while driving on patrol Jan. 12, according to the man’s arrest report. The deputy also observed the man throwing a cigarette butt out the window, so he pulled him over for littering and for the missing tag.
When he approached the man and asked him where his tag was, the man replied, “I don’t have to have one, I’m not for hire.” The deputy asked him what he meant, but again the man replied, “I don’t need one, I’m not for hire.” The deputy asked him what he was talking about and the man said, “I don’t need one, but you do, you drive a commercial vehicle.”
The man also said he had no driver’s license for the same reason.
Due to the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the man’s strange actions, the deputy ordered him to get out of the car. However, the man responded by saying he didn’t have to because “he had rights and I had no authority,” the deputy wrote.
The man locked his door and tried to roll his window up, but the deputy was able to roll the window back down, reach in the car, turn off the ignition and pull the man out of the car. The man told him he would be recording him with his phone.
A brief struggle ensued, but the deputy was able to get the man in the back of his patrol car, and he was taken to the Walton County Jail.
A search of the man’s vehicle revealed multiple drugs including Xanax, hydrocodone, ovycodone and a “white powdery substance.” Deputies also found digital scales, plastic baggies, a smoking device and a .40 caliber pistol.
The man was charged with drug possession with intent to sell, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, obstruction of justice and drug equipment possession.