A little girl told a sheriff's deputy she ate something that looked like a rock from a small container in her dad's car.
Officers said it was meth.
It all started at 5:30 p.m. Monday in a Burger King parking lot in Ashland. Jackson County deputies were called out to 459 S. Valley View Road on reports of a man acting suspiciously.
The man drove away before deputies arrived, but his car was spotted heading north on Interstate 5. Deputies said the man was driving faster than the posted 65 mph speed limit, so the car was pulled over.
Deputies said the driver, Elijah Benbow, 28, of Seattle, was shaking badly, fidgeting and could not stop moving.
The deputy saw a 6-year-old girl in the backseat and asked Benbow to step out of the car.
He denied using any intoxicants, according to investigators, and said his daughter had taken some money and hid it from him, which is why he was acting strangely outside Burger King.
The deputy asked to talk to the girl and her father gave him permission. During the conversation, the girl told the deputy she ate something that looked like a rock and was "sort of gray" in color.
Benbow was arrested and a search of the car revealed 5.37 grams of methamphetamine. The man's daughter identified the methamphetamine found in a baggy as the same substance she had eaten.
Medical crews were immediately called in to treat the girl. She was taken to the hospital, released and placed in foster care.
Investigators said Benbow failed field sobriety tests. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail on drug charges, as well as child neglect, recklessly endangering and DUII.
His bail is set at $38,000 and additional charges are possible, according to deputies.
Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.
Deputies: 6-year-old girl ate meth in father's carMore>>
Sunday, July 27 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:15:51 GMT
Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach.More >>
A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >>
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >>
725 S. Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40203