Man claiming to be Uber driver arrested for DUI; marijuana found in car

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – A man claiming to be an Uber driver was arrested after a sheriff's deputy smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle.

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy stopped Brandon Pepper, 21, of Scottsdale, for driving 62 mph in a 45-mph zone in the area of Ironwood Drive and Guadalupe Road near Apache Junction on Dec. 11.

While asking for Pepper's license and proof of insurance, the deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Pepper told the deputy that he had an expired medical marijuana card that he never renewed.

Pepper failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI.

After he was arrested, Pepper told the deputy that he was a driver for Uber, an app-based ridesharing company.

Michael Amodeo with Uber said the suspect is not a driver with the company.

The deputy searched the vehicle and found 7 grams of marijuana.

According to the sheriff's office, Pepper told the deputy, "Obama said that PCSO was not supposed to arrest for marijuana anymore." The deputy replied, "I don't work for President Obama ... I work for Sheriff Paul Babeu."

Pepper was cited and released after being interviewed at the San Tan Valley substation.