Marijuana seized following collision


LIVINGSTON – One man was arrested on drug possession after reportedly causing a two-vehicle accident Wednesday on U.S. Highway 190 East near Livingston.

Gary Wayne Davis, 59, of Onalaska is facing a drug possession charge after officers found a large bag of marijuana in his car while clearing the scene of a two-vehicle accident that he allegedly caused.

Law enforcement was dispatched around 7:30 p.m. to the accident scene involving Davis, driving a blue Chevy Cruze RS, and the driver of a grey Dodge Ram 2500, Luke Myers, 32, of Livingston, both traveling westbound on U.S. 190.

According to eyewitness accounts from nearby drivers, Davis was driving erratically along the shoulder lane and opposing lanes of traffic. Davis then collided into the back of Myers’ truck traveling in front of him. The hit caused Davis to lose control and come to a stop in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 190.

Officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office first arrived on scene, followed by Trooper Ashlee McBride of the Texas Highway Patrol. McBride was the first to question Davis and determined a field sobriety test needed to be done on scene.

Before conducting the sobriety test, officers conducted a search of Davis’ vehicle and found a quart-sized ziplock bag full of marijuana which later field-tested positive on scene.

After struggling with the field sobriety test conducted by Trooper McBride, Davis was placed into custody and transported to the Polk County Jail. Davis is being charged with a misdemeanor for possession of less that two ounces of marijuana.

Both vehicles involved in the accident had to be transported by wrecker. No injuries were reported at the scene.