Meth seized during traffic stop

Several bags of suspected Methamphetamine were seized during a CCSO traffic stop in Newport. The driver of the vehicle, Eric Ballard, faces multiple drug charges.

NEWPORT—Deputy Blake Cupp conducted a traffic stop on a car due to the registration not matching the vehicle. The car came to a stop at the intersection of Jasmine Drive and Industrial Road.

Cupp came into contact with the driver, Eric Ballard, age 54, Newport. The report states that Ballard was reaching in the back seat, so Cupp advised him to step out of the vehicle.

Ballard was placed into handcuffs while something was still in his hand. Cupp told Ballard to drop the item and a bag of clear rock substance believed to be Methamphetamine fell to the ground.

Ballard was being placed into the back seat of the patrol vehicle when he slipped a handcuff and attempted to flee on foot. Ballard was advised to stop or he would be tased, but he reportedly ignored verbal commands and continued to run on foot.

He was tased and placed back into custody without further incident. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Cupp located several bags of crystal rock substance believed to Methamphetamine which weighed 8.4 ounces. Ballard was transported to the County Jail after being cleared by medical personnel.

He was charged with Possession of Schedule II, Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia Use, Driving While License Revoked, Resisting Stop, Halt, Arrest, or Search, and Escape.

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