A vehicle stop for a busted tail light turned into an arrest on drug charges early Sunday morning on Alcovy Road.
Officers first noticed the car because it was stopped in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn running with no lights on.
When the patrol car got near, the driver left and headed to a nearby gas station. It was during this point that officers noticed the faulty taillight and decided to question the two occupants.
The driver, later identified as 23-year-old John Randell Williamson, was headed into the gas station, but came back when officers asked him to.
He reportedly told officers that he was getting gas so that he could "drive to Lithonia to help his mother as her car had broken down." He admitted to officers that he was out of jail on bond at the time.
The passenger, Williamson's wife, told officers a different story. According to reports she said the couple were heading to a party and had stopped at the gas station to get cigarettes.
Before officers searched the vehicle, they asked the couple if there was anything illegal in their vehicle. Williamson reportedly told them that he had given a guy named T-Bone a ride to Walmart earlier and that he had placed a brown paper bag behind the passenger seat, but he didn't know what was in the bag.
When officers found the bag, they located a glass pipe with white residue and steel wool on one end, two hollowed-out pens, a steel wool pad, a clear wrapper with white residue and a pair of small scissors.
Williamson reportedly admitted the bag was his and said that his wife knew nothing about it and "he was the one with the [drug] problem."
He was arrested for possession of cocaine and transported to the Newton County Detention Center without incident.