A Lincolnton man placed behind Catawba County bars late last month after crashing his drug-filled vehicle into a pole appeared in court this week.
The 26-year-old driver, James Patrick Coughlin, a resident of 209 Arbor Run Drive, crashed his vehicle May 20 while driving down N.C. 127, according to Chrystal Dieter, administrative assistant for Hickory Police Department.
After striking the pole, the vehicle traveled through the air and collided with a tree, police said.
Injured in the incident, Coughlin was rushed to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment.
While at the medical facility, he asked police to retrieve his pistol from his vehicle, located at the time at Ron’s Auto Center in Catawba County, Dieter said.
During a search of the vehicle, police said they found 1.1 grams of marijuana, one gram of hashish, needles, a digital scale and rolling papers.
Ten days after the incident, on May 30, Coughlin was arrested on drug charges upon his release from the hospital.
Officers took him into custody at 420 North Center Street in Hickory, Dieter said.
Coughlin, who has since posted a $5,000 secured bond, faces one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.