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Man who flipped car while using cell phone charged with drug possession

ALABAMA – A man whose car rolled over in Genesee County on Tuesday faces drug possession charges, State Police said.

Brandon W. Benben, 26, was looking down at his cell phone while driving south on Alleghany Road, left the shoulder of the roadway and hit a mailbox at the end of a driveway culvert, which caused his 2008 Pontiac Grand Am to flip onto its roof, State Police said.

The vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane of Alleghany. Benben suffered a minor injury but required no emergency medical treatment, authorities said.

Inside the vehicle, police found hypodermic needles, multiple open and empty packets of heroin, three Diazepam pills and a bundle of 10 unopened packets of suspected heroin in individual baggies.

State Police charged Benben with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while using a cell phone, failing to use a designated lane and driving across hazard markings.

Benben is due in Alabama Town Court on June 28 and July 12.