Police arrest man on drug charges following traffic stop

Published 9:39 am Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Granite Quarry man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on more than a half dozen charges after being pulled over forĀ impaired driving.

Hunter Dean Kluttz, 20, of 316 West Bank Street in Granite Quarry, was charged with maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substances; simple possession of a Schedule II, III, IV, V, or VI controlled substance; possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to manufacture; two counts possession of drug paraphernalia; impaired driving; and provisional licensee driving after consuming.

The Salisbury Police Department, who made the arrest, initially received a called of a drunk driver near Cook Out restaurant on East Innes Street. Another call came in later that the same driver was at Sheetz on Jake Alexander Boulevard.

A police officer responding to the call passed Kluttz on the way to Sheetz, according to Salisbury Police Department spokeswoman Capt. Shelia Lingle. The officer followed Kluttz for a few blocks. Lingle said the officer witnessed Kluttz hit a roadside curb. Kluttz’s vehicle also allegedly had a broken taillight, according to Lingle.

Kluttz was eventually stopped on Church Street. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol, according to Lingle.

The police officer received consent to search Kluttz’s car and found 29.7 grams of marijuana, two xanax pills, two grinders and $248.

Lingle said the police officer found a portion of the 29.7 grams of marijuana hidden in the car’s fuel compartment.

Kluttz was booked into the Rowan County jail on Wednesday evening with a $5,000 bail. He remained in jail Thursday morning.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.