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Motorist is arrested on speeding, drug charges

A Clearwater officer working radar caught more than a speeding motorist Tuesday afternoon. Officer David Watson was operating a radar unit near Kings Highway and Overlea Drive about 3 p.m. when he clocked a 1974 Ford Impala traveling 45 mph in a 25-mph zone.

When he pulled the car over, he made the routine computer checks on the driver, said police spokesman Wayne Shelor. The checks showed that Terrence Jackson, 20, of 1722 Fulton St., Clearwater, had an outstanding warrant for violating probation on a cocaine sale conviction.

After Jackson was arrested, Watson found something else. Jackson was accused of possessing cocaine after 64 rocks of crack were found hidden in his underwear, Shelor said.

"The seizure of 64 rocks from one person is a large seizure," he said. "Typically, we'll find four or five rocks in a routine crack arrest."

The street value of the crack was estimated at $1,280. Jackson also had about $2,400 in cash in his pants pockets, Shelor said.

Jackson was also charged with driving with a suspended license, speeding and not using a seat belt and was taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He was released after posting $27,512 bail.