Kentucky State Police Trooper Taylor Mills arrested a man Monday on drug charges during routine patrol.
According to a press release from Post 10 in Harlan, shortly after 2 a.m., Mills was on patrol on KY 66 in the Newtown community of Bell County. He observed a 2012 black Nissan Altima stopped in the eastbound lane of travel. Mills activated his blue lights and made contact with the occupant. While talking with the occupant he noticed a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver and that he appeared to be manifestly under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
The release also states that Mills performed field sobriety tests and placed Howard N. Wilson, 49, of Kettle Island, in custody for operating motor vehicle under the influence. Mills searched the vehicle and discovered a large amount of suspected Xanax and a large amount of cash. Drugs and cash were seized and Howard was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.
Mills charged Wilson with blocking traveled portion of the highway, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to produce insurance card, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance.
The case remains under investigation by Mills.