Trucker charged with controlled-substance violation

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Soldier, Iowa, man has been accused of recklessly operating a semi-truck while possessing methamphetamine ingredients.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Jay Melby, 53, 238 Oak Street, was charged Sunday with third-offense possession of a controlled substance.

On Sunday, numerous callers reported that a truck “was all over the roadway” and “driving erratically.” Callers were afraid to pass the truck, the complaint said.

Officers located the truck at the Interstate 80 and Dodge Street interchange in Iowa City. Upon contact, officers reportedly noticed Melby was fidgety, had a hard time staying still, and appeared “on the nod.”

Melby consented to a search of the truck, and officers allegedly found a small bag with clear crystals resembling crystal methamphetamine.

The bag was found alongside Melby’s other medications.

— by Quentin Misiag

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