Man Arrested After Leaving Accident to Dump Hydrocodone

A man is arrested on multiple charges after an accident on Saturday afternoon.

Jeffery Lynn Moss of Clayton allegedly rear-ended another vehicle on Savannah Street at its intersection with Highway 441 just after 3 p.m. Saturday.

The report on file with the Clayton Police Department stated that as soon as the accident occurred, Moss left his vehicle and ran across the road to the Clayton Food Mart before returning to the scene of the accident.

Assistant Police Chief Andy Strait said Moss allegedly went into the store’s bathroom in an attempt to dispose of a small flashlight with a pill later identified as Hydrocodone; however, “what he didn’t realize is that the store personnel had just cleaned the restroom and that he was the first one in the restroom. Officers were able to recover the flashlight with the pill in it, and using video surveillance, they were able to identify Moss.”

Strait said that in addition to being arrested for not having prescription drugs in their original containers, possession and use of drug related objects, and hit and run as it is the duty of a driver to stop at the scene of an accident, Moss was also arrested for driving under the influence.

“It appears he was under the influence of Hydrocodone. Officers did conduct some field sobriety tests on the side of the road, and it appeared he had some positive clues for being under the influence. That weighed into their decision to place him under arrest.”

Moss was also charged with driving too fast for conditions and following too closely.