Nazareth man charged for driving under the influence of drugs

By Danielle Nelson

*This article is posted on The Express Times website

A 19-year-old was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and several other offenses in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, court records say.

Jesse Hester, of Nazareth, was using and transporting marijuana when he was pulled over by state troopers on Route 22 in May.

Hester was pulled over by state troopers for following too closely, according to court records. Hester drifed in and out of his lane and texted while speeding at 73 mph.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Trooper Thomas Rummerfield said he “immediately smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle” and saw Hester had red eyes, according to court records.

Hester said there were no drugs in the car, but police saw a bag of a green leafy substance sticking out from under the rear of the driver’s seat, records say. Then, the trooper performed standardized field sobriety tests, records say.

Troopers discovered four zip-lock bags of marijuana weighing 120 grams, a black padded pouch that contained a yellow glass smoking device with burnt residue and a small container with un-burnt green residue, according to court records.

Hester was released after he posted 10 percent of his $5,000 bail.

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