Man charged with felony for driving without license

PEOGA — A Morgantown was charged with a felony twice in two days after police pulled him over and discovered he was a habitual traffic violator without a license.

Sgt. Bill Southerland with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department was traveling on Peoga Road when he met a white Dodge pickup truck traveling east, according to the probable cause affidavit. Deputy Josh Stargell was also driving on the road and turned around to catch up with the truck because he recognized it as one he knew to have fake plates about a week ago, the police report said.

Southerland found the vehicle parked in a driveway in the 3900 block of Peoga Road and saw Zackery White, 33, walking toward him. White told Southerland he was looking for a friend’s house. After confirming the license plate did not register to the white Dodge pickup truck, Southerland asked for White’s license and White told him he did not have one because it was suspended, the probable cause affidavit said.

Southerland discovered White was a habitual traffic violator through a BMV record search and placed him under arrest.

Stargell reported smelling marijuana on White and he told Stargell he had smoked earlier in the day. Stargell found a small baggy of marijuana on him, the affidavit said.

While doing inventory of property in the vehicle, police reported finding a small light bulb with the ends broken off with dark-colored residue inside.

White was charged June 8 for operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, a Level 6 felony, and two misdemeanors for possessing drug paraphernalia and marijuana. He was charged June 6 with the same Level 6 felony after a traffic stop on May 26.