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A Camp Springs man was arrested early Sunday morning after failing a series of field sobriety tests and later being caught with prescription pills, the Maryland State Police La Plata barrack reported.

James Edward Norris, 48, was charged with drug possession, driving under the influence and other related traffic counts.

Trooper T. Davis saw a suspicious vehicle with its headlights off sitting behind several businesses near the intersection of Old Washington Road and VFW Road in Waldorf at 1:23 a.m.

Davis made contact with the driver, identified as Norris by his Florida license. Davis noticed a strong scent of alcohol on Norris’s breath, police reported.

Norris submitted to and performed poorly on a battery of field sobriety tests. Davis arrested Norris for driving under the influence and took him to the barrack for processing, police said.

While at the barrack, a search revealed Norris was in possession of narcotic hydrocodone pills but did not have a prescription for them, according to the report.

Norris chose to take a chemical breath test, which showed his blood-alcohol level was double the state’s legal limit, police said.

JEFF NEWMAN