Two Arrested After Traffic Stop

A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Martin County resulted in the arrest of a pair of men including one from Dubois on multiple charges including possession of drugs and operating a motor vehicle while suspended.

Around a quarter after 3 Wednesday afternoon a trooper with the Indiana State Police observed a mid-size pick-up truck disregard a stop sign on Weisbach Road at Sherfick School Road near Shoals.

Police say the trooper pulled the truck over and began speaking with the two occupant and discovered that the driver, 39-year old Mitchell  Newton of Dubois, was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had a prior conviction for the same offense.

Meanwhile police say the passenger, 39-year old Travis Stine French Lick, initially gave the investigating trooper a false name and information in an attempt to not be identified.

Police later learned and confirmed his correct identification, as well as the fact that he was wanted through Crawford County on a felony theft charge.

Now during the stop, authorities asked for the assistance of the Martin County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an open-air search with his K9 partner Asher, who positively indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle, locating marijuana, a metal smoking pipe, and two syringes. Officers later learned the narcotics and paraphernalia belonged to Stine.

Both Newton and Stine were placed into custody and lodged, without incident, in the Martin County Jail.

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