Speeding driver charged with drug possession

A driver who was speeding between Bloomington and Columbus ended up being charged with drug possession.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stargell encountered Kenneth A. Coram, 41, of Columbus, at about 3 a.m. April 23 at the stoplight by CVS. His report said the Honda Accord was going 53 in a 30 mph zone.

Stargell pulled him over in front of the Law Enforcement Center and asked Coram if he knew why he was being stopped. Coram responded that he “was not from Brown County and did not know the roads,” the report said.

Stargell told him he smelled marijuana coming from the car. Coram said he had smoked some with a female friend in Bloomington and she gave him a joint to take home with him. He admitted to throwing it between the driver’s door — which did not open — and the driver’s seat when he saw the officer behind him, the report said.

While officers were searching, they found a bag containing about 10 grams of marijuana in the center console. Officers couldn’t find the joint, so they had Coram find it for them. When he saw the bag of marijuana, he “started frantically crying and freaking out stating he did not know that was in the vehicle or he would have told us,” the report said.

Coram was released and issued a court summons. He was charged June 13 with misdemeanor possession.