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.