VERNON – One Vernon man is in jail after evading police, then attempting to discard a bag of drugs out of his vehicle window.

According to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release, 50-year-old James Lee Coatney refused to stop his vehicle for about three miles after deputies initially made an attempt to perform a traffic stop on Miller's Ferry Road at about 8 p.m. on June 8.

The release stated that as the driver crossed over a bridge, the deputy noticed he threw a bag out of the window. Deputies located the bag and discovered it contained one plastic bag of methamphetamine, two plastic bags of marijuana, and a glass pipe.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, Coatney was arrested without further incident, the release stated.

He was arrested and charged with, flee and attempt to elude, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.