Johnny Jamaal Harris, 20, of Talladega, was also charged with several misdemeanors and traffic violations, according to Chief Jason Busby.
Busby said Harris is accused of running through a license checkpoint between Howard Street and Shocco Springs Road on the 275 Bypass. As he fled the checkpoint, Busby said Harris was observed tossing several items out of the car window, including a quantity of marijuana, several small plastic bags and a set of digital scales. Patrol officers recovered the abandoned items.
When Harris was eventually pulled over, Busby said officers also found several unidentified yellow pills still inside the vehicle. The pills were turned over to the County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force for identification.
Although Harris has not been charged with anything in connection with the pills, he was arrested for possession of marijuana in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude the police and various moving violations.
Possession of marijuana in the first degree is a Class C misdemeanor in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day in prison.