By JASON JACOBS
An attempted traffic stop due to a headlight that was out led to a police chase and arrest of a Clay County man for two drug-related charges, resisting law enforcement and other traffic-related charges on Saturday.
Patrolman Kenny Hill was on routine duty when he noticed a maroon Buick Riviera traveling north on Depot St. at the Jackson St. intersection with a drivers side headlight out.
Patrolman Hill followed the vehicle north on Depot St. to the Church St. intersection where he activated his red and blue flashing lights. The Riviera continued slowly without stopping while turning east on State St.
After passing Colfax St, Patrolman Hill activated his audible siren, at which time the Riviera accelerated and turned north onto Meridian St., disregarding the stop sign at the intersection.
The patrolman followed the Riviera on Meridian St., which was traveling in excess of 75 mph, passing two speed limit signs posted at 20 mph.
Patrolman Hill followed the Riviera through numerous turns within the neighborhood before the Riviera came to a stop in the middle of the road on the south side of the Logan Street Apartments on Logan St.
The patrolman advised the dispatcher he was following the man, who was holding something in his hand, into the back door of apartment number six.
After entering the apartment, the patrolman observed a man later identified as Christopher A. Fisher coming out of the bedroom and ordered him to walk towards the bedroom.
Fisher refused, at which point Patrolman Hill grabbed and ordered him to stop.
Fisher pulled away, again refusing, and the patrolman pushed him against the wall.
Patrolman Hill was able to place Fisher in handcuffs despite continuous resisting and advised his dispatcher again of the situation.
The patrolman was then assisted by Clay County Sheriff's Deputies Siddons and Tilley, who secured two people who came out of separate bedrooms in the apartment.
An inquiry ran on Fisher showed an outstanding warrant in Clay County for a Petition to Revoke Probation and that Fisher was listed as an Habitual Traffic Violator.
Staunton Town Marshal Swearingen transported Fisher to the Clay County Justice Center without incident.
During booking, Marshal Swearingen observed a piece of aluminum foil in Fisher's wallet, which he confiscated and discovered inside a white crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine.
The foil and substance were confiscated and delivered to Officer Krause who gave it to the patrolman for a field test on the substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officer Krause conducted a vehicle inventory on the Riviera, which had been taken custody by Poor Boys Towing, and found a syringe with a clear liquid substance inside of it, underneath the driver's seat. A field test on the liquid also tested positive for methamphetamine.
Patrolman Hill read Robert Loughmiller, who leases the apartment Fisher entered, a Consent to Search form and asked permission to search the apartment.
Loughmiller said he understood the rights read to him, signed the consent form and allowed the apartment to be searched.
The patrolman was assisted by Reserve Officer Mace and found numerous snort tubes throughout the apartment, all of which contained a white powder residue inside of them.
Field tests on the snort tubes all came back positive for methamphetamine.
Patrolman Hill notified Loughmiller that he would forward a report of the search to the prosecutor's office for review and all officers left the scene.
The State of Indiana charged Fisher, 36, with two counts of resisting law enforcement, one Felony and one Misdemeanor count; Felony counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle After Forfeiture of License for Life and Possession of Methamphetamine; and Misdemeanor counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Reckless Driving at the Clay County Courthouse Wednesday.