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Traffic stop leads ISP to arrests

Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Two Terre Haute men face drug allegations after a traffic stop Wednesday night.

According to an Indiana State Police press release, shortly before 9 p.m., Wednesday, ISP Master Trooper Todd Brown noticed a 1997 Dodge Stratus with a defective headlight while patrolling United States 40, east of Brazil.

The vehicle was then stopped near Plum Street, Harmony, on U.S. 40.

During questioning, Brown allegedly noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle while speaking with the driver, Nicholas A. Reynolds, 31, Terre Haute.

According to the press release, Brown reported Reynolds displayed "noticeable signs of impairment."

Brown requested assistance from the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Deputy James Switzer and K-9 Officer Brison Swearingen, along with K-9 "Dayk," were dispatched to the scene.

Once deployed to perform a "sniff," Dayk "alerted" numerous times while walking around exterior of the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, the officers discovered approximately one pound (450.5 grams or .993 pounds) of suspected marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle and approximately another gram of suspected marijuana was on the passenger, Robert Dale Wilson Jr., 21, Terre Haute.

Reynolds was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a blood test on suspicion he was legally impaired, which tested positive. Further details were not available about the test results.

Meanwhile, Wilson was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for preliminary booking for class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana (under 30 grams). He is currently being held on a $5,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) while awaiting further court proceedings.

Reynolds was subsequently booked into the CCJC on preliminary charges of class D felony possession of marijuana (over 30 grams) and class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance.

He is currently being held on a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 Percent allowed) while awaiting formal court proceedings.

Both case files have been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review.

According to information provided by the Indiana State Police, "routine" traffic stops can sometimes yield more than a traffic summons or warning.

In this particular case, an impaired driver and nearly one pound of alleged marijuana were removed from a national highway using a "routine" defective headlight traffic stop.


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Merry Christmas, guys. I'm sure you made your families proud!

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Dec 23, 2010, at 7:40 PM

Just a reminder. you dopers need to keep your equipment in good working order, or this could be you. good police work. checkmate

-- Posted by checkmate on Fri, Dec 24, 2010, at 4:18 PM

LOL, BrazilResident2003. What would you call it, then? You sound a bit on the defensive side.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Dec 24, 2010, at 4:44 PM

BrazilResident2003 has it right...get caught with a pound of Marijuana and test positive and only 7000 cash bond..HHMM Sounds like there is more to this then is being told....

-- Posted by whatthe? on Fri, Dec 24, 2010, at 5:14 PM

"LR11-CR-00-1 MINIMUM CRIMINAL BAIL SCHEDULE

A.

Standard minimum bail set in criminal cases shall be as follows:

FELONY CLASSIFICATION AMOUNT

A $50,000

B $25,000

C $10,000

D $ 7,000

MISDEMEANOR CLASSIFICATION AMOUNT

A OVWI and BAC $ 7,000

A $ 5,000

B $ 3,000

C $ 3,000

B.

The Court may fix a higher or lower bail upon the showing of appropriate circumstances. All bail fixed pursuant to this schedule shall be reviewed upon motion of any party."

Seems to be pretty reasonable, under the circumstances.....meaning the Felony charge will be able to stick while they "drop" the misdemeanor charge in the deal he gets offered.

-- Posted by vu_law_student10 on Sat, Dec 25, 2010, at 3:05 AM

Lock um up Danno.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Dec 25, 2010, at 8:26 AM

Thank Goodness for ISP patrolling our Highways

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 7:14 AM


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