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Two Pearsall men are facing drug charges after deputies pulled them over for speeding on Monday, September 5.
Frio County deputies say the driver behind the wheel of a 2022 Volkswagen Atlas was traveling above the posted speed limit near the intersection of Spur 581 and CR 4201.
Deputies effected a traffic stop near the intersection of Oak and Comal Streets in downtown Pearsall.
The driver, later identified as 36-year-old Juan Antonio Rodriguez, allegedly admitted he was behind the wheel without a current driving license.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered an open container of alcohol, a bag containing pills of which Rodriguez denied ownership.
A 19-year-old passenger, Jose Angel Gonzales, told deputies that the narcotics found near him and Rodriguez did not belong to him either.
A report on the case indicates both men were arrested and transported to the Frio County Jail without further incident and will each face a Class A misdemeanor charge for the possession of a controlled substance.
“It was a holiday weekend and our deputies were out in full force,” Lt. Joshua Longoria said on Tuesday morning. “There are zero excuses for impaired driving, especially during holiday weekends when traffic tends to double.”
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2011 to 2020, Labor Day is the second deadliest holiday of the year when it comes to fatal car crashes. Research shows that more than 4,000 people died during the official holiday extended weekend from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The Thanksgiving holiday ranks number one on the list.