Paul Collins Broun III, 23, of Athens, was driving a 2014 Cadillac that was seen stopped across the intersection of East Broad and Lumpkin streets at 4:18 a.m., police said.
The officer tried to make a traffic stop when Broun continued driving on South Lumpkin Street and turned onto a side street, where he drove to the end and pulled into a University of Georgia parking lot, according to police.
The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana inside the Cadillac, but Broun and his passenger denied any knowledge of pot being in the vehicle, police said.
When backup arrived, the officer searched the car and found a bag of pot in the center console, and also a film canister in Broun’s pocket that had marijuana residue, police said.
Broun was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and failure to obey a traffic control device.
Broun’s father, in addition to being a candidate for the Senate, is an Athens congressman who has made moral behavior a pillar in his campaign.