Bradenton Beach man faces multiple felony charges

A 23-year-old Bradenton Beach man faces three felony charges following a March 27 traffic stop in Bradenton.

According to the probable cause affidavit, William Johnson was observed by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy traveling westbound in the 4300 block of Cortez Road West.

Johnson passed the deputy traveling 55 mph in a 45-mph zone, changed lanes and proceeded to tailgate the vehicle to his front. Johnson allegedly changed lanes again and accelerated to 65 mph, at which time the deputy initiated a traffic stop.

According to the report, the deputy observed upon approaching the vehicle an open beer can in the center console. When asked for his driver’s license, Johnson produced a Florida identification card, saying he did not have a license.

The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and Johnson allegedly failed, at which time he was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and driving on a suspended license.

A second deputy observed a handgun in the driver’s side door, which turned out to be a loaded .22-caliber pistol. A single oxycodone pill also was found on the driver’s seat.

Deputies continued to search the vehicle and found pill bottles in the back seat containing more oxycodone and alzaprolam.

A backpack inside the vehicle contained 28 oxycodone pills, 99 hydrocodone pills, two different types of methadone pills and four kinds of alzaprolam pills.

Johnson faces charges of felony drug trafficking, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of a concealed weapon on top of the two misdemeanor charges.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held without bond. As of Islander press time, he remained in custody.

Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, March 14, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., in Bradenton.

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