A driver’s mistake resulted in much more than a non-injury accident near Pauls Valley as criminal charges were filed Thursday after illegal drugs were found in his vehicle at the wreck site.

Emergency officials responding to the accident one day earlier heard the driver of one vehicle, Melvin Pierce Watts, 24, of Davis, admit he had allowed his vehicle to drift over the center line causing it to collide with another vehicle on U.S. Highway 77 just south of Pauls Valley.

No injuries came from either vehicle involved in the accident as the real casualties were Watts and his passenger, Jasmine Patterson, 28, Tulsa.

Watts was arrested on a handful of a drug and driving related complaints, while Patterson was taken into custody for public intoxication.

The incident took place late Wednesday morning when emergency officials responded to the accident call.

When Garvin County deputies found Watts and Patterson at the scene they heard the driver confess to taking the vehicle over the roadway’s center line, which was the reported cause of the collision.

“Watts advised that he had went left of center and side-swiped an oncoming vehicle on the driver’s back quarter panel,” stated Sgt. Jim Mullett.

Checking on Watts’ driving record the deputy learned his license had been suspended and an arrest warrant had been issued for him.

That led to Watts’ arrest soon followed by the same fate for Patterson.

With both individuals taken into custody authorities ordered a tow for their vehicle.

During a routine inventory of the soon-to-be towed vehicle an undisclosed amount of marijuana was found in a “cubby hole” on the passenger’s door.

Reports show the substance did field test positive for marijuana.

Also found in Watts’ vehicle was a set of digital scales, which are commonly used in the packaging and distribution of the drug.

Charges filed against Watts included a felony for drug possession and a paraphernalia misdemeanor.

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