Motorists are reminded that ignoring traffic control devices such as barricades can mean trouble with the law, including a fine.
A Greenville man was taken to jail Thursday morning on multiple misdemeanor charges after disregarding a barricade sign placed on FM 71 near FM 3134 by Texas Department of Transportation officials, sheriff’s reports read.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kelly Wiser stopped a Ford F-250 pickup for disregarding the barricade at 8:32 a.m. March 28, alleged he could smell a strong odor of a marijuana emitting from inside the truck as he contacted the 39-year-old drive. The Greenville man allegedly admitted to possessing contraband. During questioning, Wiser reported, the man’s driver’s license was found to be expired and there was no insurance for the truck, resulting in him being placed into custody for those offenses.
A probable cause search of the truck allegedly yielded a small bag containing a green leafy substance the officer believed to be marijuana under the driver’s side floor mat, Wiser alleged.
Consequently, the man was transported to the sheriff’s office for booking and the truck and trailer were towed from the location. The Greenville man reportedly received citations for disregarding a barricade sign, failure to maintain financial responsibility, expired driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia, Wiser alleged in sheriff’s reports.
The Greenville man was released from the county jail Friday morning on the charges, according to jail reports.