According to an affidavit provided by the Highland Police Department, Brady Kyle French, 24, was observed by Officer Bryan Buchanan driving with bright lights on at a slow rate of speed. Buchanan flashed his lights at the vehicle to get the driver to dim his lights and he did not respond.
Buchanan then observed the vehicle swerving and nearly hitting the stop light pole at Highland.
After stopping the Jeep French was driving, Buchanan observed several signs indicating the driver was intoxicated, including bloodshot and watery eyes. Buchanan's report indicated there was no smell of alcohol but the driver was very shaky, and dropped money when getting out of the vehicle.
French told Buchanan he was on parole and had previous drug offenses. French denied the officer permission to search his vehicle, stating it belonged to the passenger.
The car's owner then granted the officer permission to search the vehicle. Officer Shane Hightower with the Cherokee Village Police Department assisted in the search. Officers recovered a loaded Springfield 1911 45 caliber handgun, $1,718 in cash, along with a syringe and foil were discovered in French's wallet, Oxycodone and morphine were also seized.
French was charged with possession of drugs and firearms, a Class Y felony, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver -- Oxycodone and morphine, a Class C felony, and possession of a firearm by a certain person, a Class D felony.
French was transported to the Sharp County Detention Center.
Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens has filed forfeiture paperwork on the money confiscated in the drug case.