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Drunk man with flat tire arrested with 23 pounds of marijuana

ALEXANDRIA—After a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer pulled him over to help him with a flat tire, a New Hampshire man was arrested in Hanson County for allegedly driving under the influence while transporting nearly 23 pounds of marijuana in his van.

At 8:17 p.m. on Aug. 31, Jake Becker, 22, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was pulled over near mile marker 346 on Interstate 90. He reportedly told the officer that he was heading back to New Hampshire and had been drinking at his last stop, about an hour earlier.

According to court documents, after going through field sobriety tests, Becker was placed under arrest for a first-offense DUI. His PBT at booking was 0.072 percent. During a search of his Dodge Caravan, 22.98 pounds of marijuana were allegedly found under the back seat. Synthetic marijuana, hashish oil, drug paraphernalia and a cooler with open containers in it were also found in the vehicle.

In addition to the DUI charge, Becker is charged with possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute one pound or more of marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, operating a vehicle with cut or worn tires and having an open alcoholic beverage container accessible in a vehicle.

If convicted on all charges, he could face more than 41 years in prison.

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