By CRISTIN REECE
A Palestine man was arrested this week after driving drunk the wrong way down a one-way street.
Anderson County Sheriff Deputy Herman Linam arrested Jose Felix Garcia-Flores about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday and charged him with possession of a controlled substance-between 4 and 200 grams after a search of his person turned up a substance that tested positive for PCP, according to police reports.
“After the deputy made contact with the subject, who was noticeably intoxicated, a search turned up an unlabeled prescription bottle full of a dark colored liquid,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “That liquid tested positive for PCP.”
PCP, or phencyclidine, is a schedule II drug and was developed in the 1950s as a surgical anesthetic, according to the website, www.drugfree.org.
“Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like, and patients experience a feeling of being ‘out of body’ and detached from their environment,” the site states. “Use of PCP in humans was discontinued in 1965, because it was found that patients often became agitated, delusional, and irrational while recovering from its anesthetic effects.”
It’s now used as a popular animal tranquilizer.
Police reports indicate Flores was initially stopped after he drove his SUV the wrong direction down West Oak Street (a one-way thoroughfare), near Variah Street.
Flores also was arrested and charged with DWI-second offense and a traffic violation. His bonds total $20,950.
He remained in the Anderson County Jail as of presstime Wednesday.