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Wild ride stops in Woodbury, ends at county jail

A West St. Paul man is out on bail after a wild drive through Woodbury.

James Glenn McCully, 24, appeared in Washington County District Court this winter and is due to return to court in March to face fifth-degree drug possession charges and driving while intoxicated (DWI) for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of controlled substance.

According to the complaint:

At 7:32 p.m. Sept. 26, 2015, a citizen called 911 to report the conduct of a vehicle driving south on Manning Avenue toward Valley Creek Road. McCully's car was all over the roadway, went into the ditch and back out, then kept driving into oncoming traffic and didn't stop for stop signs, the caller said.

An officer located McNully's vehicle as it turned from Valley Creek Road onto Woodbury Drive, swerving over the fog line. The car made a U-turn at a flashing yellow light and almost crashed into another vehicle, before police stopped McNully.

His eyes were bloodshot, watery, droopy and very constricted. His speech was slurred, and his balance poor.

But he didn't smell of alcohol, and he denied consuming beverages prior to driving.

McNully said he was traveling from his boss' house in Stillwater to his own home in St. Paul. He didn't know where he was, claiming he was confused by the roads near the intersection of interstates 35E and 494, which he was not near.

He admittedly used marijuana earlier in the day, but showed signs of using a narcotic. He was "on the nod," police wrote, closing his eyes and appearing to fall asleep and dropping the phone from his ear while talking to an attorney.

McNully agreed to take a blood test.

During booking at the Washington County jail, a corrections officer found a small baggie of tar-like substance in McNully's shoe. The drugs field tested as heroin.

In 2011, the man was convicted of a controlled substance offense in Dakota County. His last alcohol-related driving conviction occurred in 2012.