CARYVILLE – A Caryville man is in jail after erratic driving leads to a traffic stop.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputy observed a white Ford SUV driving with several small children inside on Highway 90 east of Caryville on August 5.

The driver, identified as William Derek Golden, 35, of Caryville, was unable to maintain a single lane of traffic. WCSO made a traffic stop where Golden advised the deputy that he has hypodermic needles in his front pants pocket.

Further investigation found Golden to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing a crystal like substance, which later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

A search of the vehicles interior found multiple used syringes within reach of the small children inside the vehicle.

Golden was immediately taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Our children depend on the adults in their lives for many things including their safety and well-being,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews. “We must protect them from being around activity such as this to ensure their safety. I cannot stress enough how critical it is that our young people receive every opportunity available that will guide them into a positive and successful future.”

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.