A Harlan man is facing multiple charges including trafficking in marijuana following a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal.
Nathaniel Benson, 71, was arrested on Thursday by Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell.
According to the citation, Luttrell observed a white 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Benson fail to use a turn signal when turning on to Main Street and again when turning left at a traffic light. Luttrell initiated a traffic stop on Duffield Street. Benson was observed putting his seat belt on. He could not follow instructions when asked to provide a driver’s license and proof of insurance. Benson was bouncing around in his seat and exhibited constricted pupils. He was asked to step out of the car for a field sobriety test, and failed the test due to not being able to follow instructions. He kept moving his head and would not follow an object with his eyes as instructed. Benson also failed to keep his balance for a one-legged stand. Benson gave consent to search the vehicle. Police discovered an M&M candy container containing five suspected marijuana cigarettes. Benson admitted to police he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Police also found a clear bag containing a substance suspected to be marijuana. A plastic container which contained multiple pills was also found, as well as $281 in cash. A .380 caliber handgun was found under the driver’s seat of Benson’s vehicle. Benson was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital and submitted to all requested tests.
Benson was charged with failure to or improper signal, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to wear a seat belt, trafficking in marijuana, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, possession of a handgun by convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon and prescription controlled substance not in original container.
He was lodged in in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.
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