Taft man arrested after calling cops on himself while under influence of meth

TAFT - A Taft man was arrested after calling the cops on himself while under the influence of drugs.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 300-block of Crystal Street in South Taft for a “keep the peace” call at about 11:38 a.m. on May 29.

Taft resident 33-year-old Dwight Watkins told Sheriff’s Dispatch that besides needing a deputy to keep the peace, he also had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, said Marc Haiungs, with the Kern County Sheriff's Office, in a press release.

Upon deputies’ arrival, Watkins asked for deputies to try and locate his wallet inside the residence. 

After deputies were unable to locate Watkins’ wallet, he became upset and started arguing with the occupants of the residence, Haiungs said.

Deputies arrested Watkins for his warrant. Watkins was transported to the Taft City Jail. 

While Watkins was exiting the patrol vehicle, deputies located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine on the patrol car seat where Watkins was sitting.  After additional investigation, deputies determined Watkins was under the influence of a controlled substance, Haiungs said.

Watkins was transported to and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and destruction of evidence.

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