STATESVILLE – A California man found in a car near Interstate 77 was arrested on three felony drug charges Dec. 26.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on the I-77 southbound exit ramp in Troutman.

After arriving on scene, the officer approached a black Nissan Altima and located a male passed out behind the wheel of the car, the statement said. The officer then located another party who told him while trying to wake the driver, the man woke up and drove into the witness’ vehicle. The officer was able to again awaken the driver, identified as Andre Ingram of San Jose, Calif.

According to the report, the officer noticed signs of impairment as well as an open alcohol container while speaking with Ingram. 

A strong odor of marijuana was also detected. N.C. State Highway Patrol arrived and investigated the vehicle collision. Ingram was detained for suspicion of driving while impaired. A search of the vehicle located 425 grams of marijuana packaged in nine separate ziplock bags.

Ingram was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia. 

The Highway Patrol also charged Ingram with driving while impaired, driving with a suspended license and careless and reckless driving.

Ingram was issued a $20,000 secured bond for the narcotics charges, and a $3,000 secured bond for the driving charges. 

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