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Man accused of driving on Xanax, tried to toss pills

3 years 4 months 5 days ago July 29, 2013 Jul 29, 2013 Monday, July 29 2013 July 29, 2013 1:15 PM in News
Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
By: Russell Jones

HAMMOND - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Hammond man after they said he was driving under the influence of the prescription drug Xanax.

Deputies arrested James M. Jackson Jr., 52, after they said he was driving erratically Sunday night and tried to toss the pills he was taking after he was pulled over.

Deputies said a concerned citizen initially reported someone was driving recklessly on Pumpkin Center Road, and investigators saw Jackson's vehicle almost run several cars off the road.

Investigators said when they stopped Jackson he could barely stand up, and admitted he was driving under the influence of Xanax. When deputies talked to someone else at the scene, they said they saw Jackson take handfuls of pills out of his pocket and threw them under his vehicle.

Jackson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute, and obstruction of justice.

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