An expired drive out tag, along with improper tag lights led to the arrest of an Armuchee man over the weekend, according to the Chattooga County Sheriffs Office.
On Sunday Deputies were patrolling near Highway 27 and Silver Hill Road when they saw a vehicle with an expired drive out tag and improper tag lights. Performing a traffic stop showed that the driver, Michael McDaniel also had a suspended drivers license.
McDaniel told Deputies that he was going to check on his brothers property on Farmersville Road due to another family member being in the hospital. McDaniel also stated that he did not normally drive the vehicle he was in because there was some issue with the getting the title from the person he purchased it from, but that it did have insurance.
Deputies could not see McDaniels hands clearly, so they asked him to step out of the vehicle were McDaniel kept placing his right hand near his back pocket. Deputies then spotted a suspected Meth pipe with suspected residue from use on it sticking up from his pocket.
In McDaniels left pocket was a bottle with 12, half cut Hydrocodone and another bottle of brown, crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. McDaniel stated that the meth pipe was for meth use and that he does indeed smoke about 3 times a week due to being unable to get out of bed. He also stated that he was unaware of what the pills were.
Deputies then placed McDaniel under arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Scheduled II Drugs, Drug Related Objects, Tag light requirements, and driving while licenses suspended.
McDaniel was transported to the Chattooga County Jail without further incident.