The son of global warming guru Al Gore was arrested early yesterday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs after deputies pulled him over for speeding - going 100 miles an hour in an energy-saving Toyota Prius, authorities said.
Al Gore III, 24, was pulled over at about 2:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The deputies said they smelled pot smoke - a potential greenhouse gas - and searched the car. They found less than an ounce of marijuana along with Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, which is used for attention deficit disorder, he said.
“He does not have a prescription for any of those drugs,” Amormino said.
Gore was being held in the men’s central jail in Santa Ana on $20,000 bail.
Kalee Kreider, a Gore spokeswoman, did not immediately return phone messages to The Associated Press yesterday.
The younger Gore was pulled over and arrested for pot possession in December 2003, in Bethesda, Md., while he was a student at Harvard University. He completed substance-abuse counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program to settle those charges.
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