It wasn't just the "heavy smell of burning marijuana" that caused police to file charges against a Reynoldsburg man after a traffic stop at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 7.
It was the black sock containing a bag of marijuana he tossed out the window after he was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of the police cruiser.
According to police reports, officers stopped the resident's car at Stonetrail Way and state Route 256 because of the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
"The driver immediately began moving around, leaning forward in his seat and put all of his car windows down," the report said. "(The driver) denied smoking marijuana and claimed it was his girl who had been smoking in the car prior to him dropping her off at work."
After the officer searched the car, he noticed the driver was wearing flip-flops and one black sock. Once the man was handcuffed and placed in the cruiser, the officer reported seeing him pull out "the other black sock" and throw it out the window. It was retrieved and a bag of marijuana was found inside.
The resident was charged with driving under suspension and drug abuse.
In other recent incident reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department reports:
• A man said he was walking his dog at 2:20 a.m. Aug. 1 in the 6800 block of Greenleaf Drive when he heard something hit the ground and saw a paper towel on fire inside a plastic one-gallon milk jug.
He called the fire department, then said another man came out of a Greenleaf Drive apartment, "saw the jug and kicked it, putting the small fire out," according to the police report.
The witness said the second man walked briskly away toward East Main Street. The reporting officer talked to the man when he returned; the man said he had noticed the jug and kicked it to put the fire out, but did not start the fire.
Truro Township firefighters confirmed the paper towel had been on fire but said no accelerant had been placed in the jug.
• Police charged a man with disorderly intoxication after a caller reported a possible burglary in progress at 4:43 a.m. Aug. 2 in the 1200 block of Rosehill Road.
A woman told police a man was banging loudly on the window of her apartment and she thought he was trying to break in. The reporting officer said when he arrived, he saw the man stumbling away from the north side of the building. He said the man "had extremely slurred speech ... and extreme odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath."
The officer determined the man was trying to get into the wrong apartment. He was charged with disorderly intoxication, then left at his own apartment in the care of a friend.
• Police seized four Airsoft BB guns at 7:38 p.m. Aug. 6 at a business in the 6300 block of East Main Street after witnesses reported seeing juveniles holding guns outside.
The three juvenile boys claimed they found the guns -- some of which had orange safety tips -- inside the bathroom of the business and were not pointing them at vehicles. The boys were taken back to their respective homes. Police seized the guns and ammunition and said they would be destroyed.