Police: Driver had weed, ‘Legalize Marijuana’ lanyard in car

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:52 p.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:57 p.m.

An Aiken teenager charged with reckless driving also had marijuana and a lanyard that read “Legalize Marijuana” in his vehicle, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Blake Nelson Haggerty, 18, of Sussex Court, was charged with reckless driving and simple possession of marijuana.

He was placed in the Aiken County detention center but had been released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Haggerty was pulled over at about 11:30 p.m. Monday after an officer clocked him traveling at 62 mph in a 35 mph zone on Whiskey Road, according to an incident report.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to the report.

He also saw a neck lanyard with the words “Legalize Marijuana” and marijuana leaves printed on it on the center console, according to the report.

The driver, Haggerty, was placed into investigative detention while officers searched the vehicle, police said.

Inside the vehicle, they found a black bag containing a jar of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, a marijuana pipe and pay stubs for Haggerty, according to the report.

The substance in the jar was tested on scene and determined to be marijuana, police said.

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