Anonymous callers reported a man acting suspiciously Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Burger King located on Valley View Road in Ashland. A Jackson County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the scene to investigate.
The man left in a Chrysler PT Cruiser before the deputy arrived. The deputy located the man heading north on Interstate 5 and stopped him near the Rogue River exit when the driver had begun speeding.
The deputy says the driver, 28-year old Elijah Benbow of Seattle, was shaking badly, "fidgety," and couldn't stop moving, some of the signs of meth intoxication. The deputy also noticed a 6-year old girl in the back seat. During a conversation with Benbow away from the child, he denied intoxication and claimed his daughter had taken money from causing the appearance of a disturbance when he tried to get it back.
When the deputy received permission to speak with the girl, she said she ate something from a container that looked like a rock and was "sort of gray" in color. Benbow was arrested.
A search of the man's car revealed he had meth. It was determined the girl had eaten some of the drug. Medical assistance was immediately administered to her and she was transported to the hospital for further treatment. After failing a field sobriety test, Benbow was taken to jail. He faces charges of child neglect, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, DUII, and reckless endangering.
After the child was released from the hospital, she was taken into foster care.