A Fulton County man now faces felony charges in Izard County after a traffic stop last year, when officers spotted an open container of alcohol and a bottle of pills.
According to the report filed Sept. 21 of this year, a warrant of arrest was executed for 41-year-old William Brandon Hill for an incident which occurred Aug. 5. 2021
On Aug. 5, of last year, an Izard County Opioid Investigator with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and Izard County Investigator Sean Tomlinson observed a white Chevrolet Pickup with Arkansas dealer tags driving on Highway 9 in Oxford.
The officers noticed defective taillights and performed a traffic stopped near Oxford Cemetery Road and officers made contact with the driver.
While walking toward the passenger side of the truck, authorities saw empty beer cans in the bed of the truck and a large bottle of liquor on the back seat in the cab.
After being informed for the reason of the stop, Hill admitted he was aware the lights had not been working earlier in the evening.
While speaking to Hill, officers noticed his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and there was an open bottle of beer in the center console.
When asked about any prior criminal history, Hill stated he had previous DWI’s.
He was then asked to exit the vehicle and submit to a field sobriety test. During the test, another officer searched the vehicle due to the open container in plain view.
An unlabeled prescription bottle containing six white pills and a firearm were found in the vehicle.
As a result, Hill has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I or II, 2 or more grams but less than 28, a class C felony and possession of drug paraphernalia with purpose to contain a controlled substance a class A misdemeanor.
Bond for Hill was set at $20,000 and he has since bonded out.