A motorist suspected of driving under the influence is behind bars in Washington County on drug charges according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy stopped an SUV on Pipkin Road, Wednesday, April 11 for speeding. After making contact with the driver, James Richard Harris, 36, of Ponce De Leon, deputies suspected he was driving under the influence. During questioning, Harris consented to a search of the vehicle. The search revealed a folded dollar bill containing methamphetamine in the back passenger floorboard. Harris then admitted to deputies the methamphetamine belonged to him according to the report.

Harris was transported to the Washington County Jail and booked on the charges of possession of methamphetamine. He is also currently out on bond in Walton County on the charges of battery and child abuse without great harm according to the WCSO.

If you have any knowledge of crimes being committed, or tips, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638- 6111. You may also contact us anonymously by calling 850-638- TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.