Three residents of Winston-Salem, NC, will have less than fond memories of Jackson County following an early morning encounter with the Commerce Police Department that resulted in misdemeanor marijuana charges against all three.
According to the arrest report, an officer on Interstate 85 pulled a vehicle over at 12:49 a.m. for doing 92 miles per hour.
The driver, Corey Mandel Hairston, 44, 700 Franciscan Terrace, Apt. B, Winston-Salem, told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license and was only driving because his female passengers had taken medications and couldn’t drive.
The officer observed marijuana in plain site in a cup in a cupholder in the vehicle, the report said. He asked the owner of the vehicle, Sabrina Lessie Mounce, 33, 902 Forest Glen Drive, Winston-Salem, for permission to search the vehicle. She asked him if he had a warrant, so the officer told her and the other passenger to remain in the vehicle as he detained Hairston. Hairston said the marijuana was not his, and both female passengers denied knowledge of the substance.
With probable cause, the officer searched the vehicle, turning up a bag of marijuana and a grinder in the passenger-side door.
The officer charged Hairston, Mounce and Michelle Bailey Motley, 44, 4634 Oak Ridge Drive, Winston-Salem, with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He also charged Hairston with speeding and driving with a suspended driver’s license.