LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Cincinnati resident’s weekend plans went up in smoke Thursday night as he traveled southbound through Laurel County.
Tpr. James Creekmore of the Kentucky State Police Post 11 witnessed Jordan Cross, 23, traveling south on I-75 at an extremely high rate of speed at approximately 11:10 p.m. on Thursday. Creekmore clocked Cross’s 2008 Honda Accord at 97 miles per hour – 27 miles over the legal limit.
After also failing to use his turn signal and following a commercial truck too closely, Tpr. Creekmore initiated a traffic stop.
“When I approached the vehicle, I could smell a very strong odor of marijuana and could see in plain sight a green leafy substance all over the operator’s shirt and mouth,” said Tpr. Creekmore in his uniform citation.
During his investigation, Tpr. Creekmore witnessed Cross cough and blow out even more of the green leafy substance onto his shirt. Cross was quick to admit he had been smoking marijuana in his Accord and had eaten the rest of his stash to hide the evidence.
In the arrest report, Tpr. Creekmore went on to describe Cross’s eyes as glossy and bloodshot and that Cross was very slow to respond during the interview.
During the roadside sobriety test, Cross swayed while trying to balance, hopped and could not count correctly. He could not keep balance while walking in a straight line, missed touching his heel to toe and could not turn correctly.
Tpr. Creekmore arrested Cross on nine charges: speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit; operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., .08, first offense; possession of marijuana; tampering with physical evidence; reckless driving; following another vehicle too closely; failure to or improper signal; failure of license to be in possession; failure to produce an insurance card.
Cross was booked at half past midnight early Friday morning and released on a cash bond later that afternoon. His court date was Tuesday at 11 a.m.