Driver charged with DUI, drug possession


A man was charged with driving under the influence and related charges on Monday, according to police. 

About 10 p.m., Maricopa officers stopped a vehicle for equipment violations on North John Wayne Parkway, near Lakeview Drive. The vehicle had four passengers: three adults and a minor. 

The driver, Francisco P. Bustamante, 36, told police he did not have a driver’s license and provided an Arizona ID card, according to a probable cause statement. 

A records check showed Bustamante’s license had previously been suspended for DUI and he had an outstanding DUI warrant. 

He was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, and two counts of aggravated DUI, police said. 

According to the probable cause statement, Bustamante gave police the vehicle’s key, which had an attached pouch containing methamphetamine. Police suspected that Bustamante was displaying physical signs of stimulant use. 

Bustamante admitted the meth belonged to him and that he had used the drug about three hours earlier, according to police. Bustamante also told officers there was a meth pipe under the driver’s seat. Police said they found the pipe and a red cut straw with residue. 

Police obtained a blood sample from Bustamante for testing.  

Bustamante was booked into Pinal County jail.