Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 14, 2011

Drug arrest follows wreck

SANDY HOOK — An Elliott County man was arrested on a number of drug charges after Kentucky State Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday.

Rufus D. Burton, 51, of Sandy Hook, was arrested and transported to the Big Sandy Detention Center, according to a KSP press release.

A KSP trooper responded to  a single-vehicle accident on Ky. 557 in Elliott County at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday, according to the press release.

Upon arrival, the trooper observed Burton appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant and detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the 2000 Dodge Avenger. The vehicle was wrecked into a tree, but Burton was uninjured. There were no passengers in the vehicle, according to the press release.

A search of the vehicle revealed a large bag that contained several baggies of marijuana, marijuana seeds, empty baggies, marijuana pipes, two sets of digital scales and a small, loaded, 25-caliber handgun. A marijuana cigarette was also located in a cigarette pack in his pocket, according to the press release.

Burton was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, failure to wear a seat belt, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, failure to register the transfer of a motor vehicle, trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance in the second degree and possession of marijuana, according to the press release.

The accident and arrest remain under investigation.

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