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Deputies: Palmyra man possessed pills, charged with DWAI after traffic stop

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 28-year-old Palmyra man following a traffic stop on State Route 21 in Manchester.

Deputies say that James F. Merkley, 28, of Palmyra was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

During the traffic stop deputies observed Merkley to be impaired by drugs, and located several pills, which were identified as a controlled substance.

He was transported to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office where a drug influence evaluation was performed by a Certified Drug Recognition Expert.

He was transported to the Ontario County Jail where he was processed and released.

Appearance tickets returnable to Manchester Town Court were issued following the incident.