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A routine traffic stop landed a Hopkins County man behind bars last week after he failed a DUI and officers located prescriptions medications in his vehicle.

According to the Providence Police Department, at around 4 p.m. on Friday, officer Isaac Frias noticed a vehicle driving recklessly through town. He conducted a traffic stop at the parking lot of Big Dog’s Gym.

After speaking with the driver, Joseph Walton, 25 of Hopkins County, officer Frias conducted a field sobriety test, which resulted in the driver being placed under arrest for DUI.

A search of the vehicle located containers of prescription medications that had been filled the previous day, yet officers say a large quantity of those drugs were already missing.

During the investigation, it was then discovered, according to the release, that those drugs had been transferred to at least one other person.

Walton was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and trafficking in controlled substance. He was transported to the Webster County jail.