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Equipment violation leads to drug-dealing charges

Equipment violation leads to drug-dealing charges
Equipment violation leads to drug-dealing charges
Damon Michael Arnold

Troopers with the Indiana State Police arrested a Georgetown man early yesterday (Tuesday) on numerous felony charges after first observing a simple equipment violation.

Trooper Zachary Lavey and newly-appointed probationary trooper Dakota Novak were patrolling S.R. 135 in Harrison County around 2:30 a.m. when they spotted a white Hyundai Sonata displaying green lights. Indiana law only allows for white or amber lights to be displayed to the front of a car.

When the officers attempted to catch up with the Sonata, they realized the driver had greatly increased his speed and was traveling approximately 100 mph as they continued south into Corydon. The driver, later identified as Damon Michael Arnold, 46, eventually stopped in Corydon and pulled in to a local hotel parking lot.

As Lavey and Novak continued the stop and investigation, they discovered more than 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia. Officers also found Arnold was a habitual traffic violator with only an Indiana ID card.

Arnold was arrested and charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, Level 4 felony; habitual traffic violator, Level 6 felony; possession of marijuana, Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia and reckless driving, both Class C misdemeanors.

Arnold was also wanted on a Level 6 felony warrant out of Floyd County for being a habitual traffic violator.

Officers transported Arnold to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.