Police: Riverhead man was rolling joint while driving

Just as driving while intoxicated is illegal, driving while trying to roll a joint is not a good idea either, as a Riverhead man learned recently, according to a police report.

Southampton Town police say Richard Hammonds, 31, of Osborn Avenue was observed swerving out of his lane on Lake Avenue in Northampton last Saturday, Sept. 22, as he approached the County Road 51 intersection about 9 p.m.

He was pulled over by an officer who found a quantity of marijuana in Mr. Hammonds’ lap and in the driver’s side door pocket, officials said.

The officer soon learned that Mr. Hammonds had been attempting to roll a marijuana cigarette while driving and that he swerved as a result, police said.

He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and moving from a lane unsafely, police said