JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. - An Indianapolis man might have escaped a pullover and gotten off scot free, if not for his heavily tinted car windows, state police confirmed. That wasn't the case, however, and now he's facing drug and OWI charges.
Indiana State Police (ISP) said just after noon on Wednesday, a trooper was monitoring Interstate 65 near the 50.5 mile marker in Jackson County. That's just north of Exit 55 for State Road 11.
The trooper said he noticed a pickup truck headed north with a very dark window tint, which spurred the trooper to initiate a traffic stop.
Once the truck was pulled over, the trooper said he smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The trooper conducted a search of the car and said he discovered several bags of marijuana weighing over 70 grams total and some paraphernalia. The trooper also detected that the driver was under the influence of marijuana. A blood sample was taken afterward at a hospital to check for this.
The driver was booked in the Jackson County Jail and preliminarily charged with: possession of marijuana (over 30 grams), a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A infraction; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a Class C misdemeanor.
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