CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pratt Mayor Gary Fields had illegal narcotics when he was pulled over in a city-owned vehicle last month, State Police allege.
Fields, 66, was charged with one count of misdemeanor simple possession of a controlled substance Wednesday afternoon.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Fields was found in possession of four Roxicodone pills during a traffic stop on Paint Creek Road Aug. 29. Fields told State Police Cpl. B.G. Wriston a friend gave him the pills and he didn't have a prescription for them.
Fields was initially pulled over after Wriston observed the vehicle run off the right edge of the road. The mayor was operating a city police vehicle at the time of the incident.
Pratt City Council members voted Sept. 10 to bar Fields from using city vehicles. The vote came after a closed-door executive session.
They gave no reason for their action at the time, with Councilman Eric Holcomb only saying Fields being able to operate city vehicles was "a liability."
Fields could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
Roxicodone is a form of oxycodone. Legally, it is a Schedule II drug, meaning Fields could face six months to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. State law would allows probation for a first offense.
Fields won re-election as Pratt's mayor in June after running unopposed.
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