NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An Arkansas man is avoiding a felony conviction by agreeing to go into an alternate program.
Nacogdoches County prosecuting attorney Cristin Lane said Carlos Marcellis Allen, of Hot Springs, Ark., will enter a pre-trial diversion program.
The program means Allen will have to report to probation and participate in community service. Lane explained the program is essentially a probation sentence without a conviction.
"Only certain people who have a clean criminal background and we feel are good candidates for the program are accepted into it," Lane said.
Nacogdoches Police arrested Allen in September after he was caught driving with four pounds of marijuana in the spare tire compartment of his vehicle.
A charge of state-jail felony possession of marijuana was dismissed in District Judge Ed Klein's courtroom.