By ANDRIA SIMMONS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, May 11, 2009
A driver was arrested in the city of Milton on Sunday when, after getting into a wreck, he allegedly retrieved drugs from his burning vehicle and tried to hide them. Witnesses told police that the driver of a white Ford Explorer lost control on Hopewell Road, ran off the road and flipped the vehicle four times. An officer arrived on the scene to find the Explorer still engulfed in flames and a passenger lying injured in the grass, according to a Milton police report. The driver, Nathan Mejerle, 19, of Alpharetta, was walking on the shoulder of the road. Police later found a blue mesh bag hidden in the tall grass where the driver had been standing. The bag contained Xanax and 1.1 grams of marijuana. Mejerle admitted throwing the bag into the grass, but said they belonged to “some other kid who was in the car earlier,” the police report said. Mejerle is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance.