A Paintsville man was arrested Wednesday morning after a traffic stop for non-functioning license plate lights that led to a DUI arrest and the discovery of half of a pound of marijuana in the vehicle, according to court documents.
Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, Salyersville Police Department officers Officer Mike Nickels noticed that the license plate lights on a grey BMW were out and initiated a traffic stop, according to the citation, and made contact with Justin M. Lewandoski, 40, of Paintsville.
Nickels said he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Lewandoski admitted to smoking marijuana that day, the citation said. Lewandoski was given field sobriety tests, according to the citation, and determined to be under the influence. Lewandoski was arrested, and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a half-pound of marijuana, according to the citation.
Lewandoski was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, the citation said, where he was given a blood test, the results of which were still pending at the time of the writing of the citation.
Lewandoski was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of possession of marijuana, first-offense DUI and a charge for the license plate violation. Lewandoski was booked into the jail at approximately 4:47 a.m. and released around 5:12 a.m. on his own recognizance.
No court dates had been set in Lewandoski’s case as of presstime Friday.