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Motorists are reminded of the dangers posed by railroad crossings, but late last week, local law enforcement had to impress upon an area resident the peril of driving down the tracks.
Scotland County Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney reported a drug arrest related to complaints by BNSF Railway Company regarding trespassing on its property near Gorin.
Whitney was dispatched to the Piles Street junction in Gorin after reports were received a of a vehicle driving down the railroad tracks.
Upon arrival, the sheriff’s deputy located a pickup truck that was stuck in the mud in the railroad right of way adjacent to the tracks. He made contact with the driver, Jacob D. Holt, 22, of Memphis.
According to court documents, the driver was in stages of undress and appeared to be intoxicated.
The officer determined that Holt did not have a valid driver’s license. He was also found to be in possession of small, clear plastic bag containing what was believed to be methamphetamine.
Holt was taken into custody at 12:15 p.m. and transported to the Scotland County Sheriff’s office for processing.
He was ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and class D felony possession of a controlled substance.
He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday, June 2nd.