Police arrest man on drug charges following traffic stop
A Granite Quarry man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on more than a half dozen charges after being pulled over for 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.
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