$125K bond set for DUI

Published 11:59 pm Monday, November 23, 2009

A weekend traffic stop has led to the arrest of an Andalusia man who was caught allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance with a child in the car.

Chief Deputy David Anderson said Monday, John Paul Stewart, 21, was charged with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana.

“Mr. Stewart was stopped on Shreve Road (sometime Friday night) for a traffic violation,” Anderson said. “He got out of the car, and the officer observed (Mr. Stewart) smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. He was then given a field sobriety test.”

Which he failed, Anderson said. “White pills,” later determined to be an un-named controlled substance, was also found inside the Stewart’s vehicle, he said.

“Later during an interview at the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, a bag of leafy green substance – believed to be marijuana – was found on his person,” he said. “Mr. Stewart was then placed in the Covington County Jail under a $125,000 bond – a high amount, but due to the circumstances that an underage juvenile was found in the car with Mr. Stewart – the judge felt it was appropriate.”